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“Howl” (2010)

Last week, I watched Howl, the relatively new film with James Franco playing Allen Ginsberg in a quasi-documentary that mixes historical re-enactment with surreal animation a la Pink Floyd’s The Wall. The film focuses primarily on the 1957 obscenity trial, but covers the poem’s overall history well. With a disjointed style that interspersed the obscenity trial, an mock interview with Ginsberg (acting as narrator in way), a reading of “Howl” (the poem), and scenes from Beats’ lives together, the film sort of required prior knowledge to be comprehensible. I enjoyed the… Read more “Howl” (2010)