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Visionary, radical, spiritual seeker, renowned poet, founding member of a major literary movement, champion of human rights, Buddhist, political activist and teacher Allen Ginsberg s remarkable life shaped the very soul of American counterculture.
For 25 years, Academy Award®-nominated director Jerry Aronson accumulated more than 120 hours of film on Allen Ginsberg, resulting in this comprehensive portrait of one of America s greatest poets, author of Howl and other groundbreaking poems. The DVD includes exclusive and revealing interviews with his friends, family and contemporaries as well as never-before-seen materials made public because of the warm friendship that developed between subject and director.
This compilation reveals the last 60 years of American culture beginning with the Beat era in the post-war Forties and Fifties, continuing through the revolutionary Sixties and concluding with the uncertainty and possibility of current times.
6 HOURS OF BONUS MATERIAL INCLUDES: Exclusive Interviews; Featurette: The Making of The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg; Ginsberg reading selected poems; Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg at Jack Kerouac s grave; William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg at Naropa University; Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg at City Lights bookstore; The Making of the Music Video A Ballad of the Skeletons; Ginsberg guides us through an exhibition of his photographs; Excerpts from Scenes from Allen s Last Three Days on Earth as a Spirit by Jonas Mekas; Ginsberg photo gallery; Director s photo gallery; Memorial for Allen Ginsberg
Definately ranks as one of the most moving and orginal films I've ever seen.
Spending so much time with their subjects, they make the person or persons they're shooting their client - rather than the viewers they're shooting for.
The documentary is full of amazing footage and interviews with important American cultural figures.
one of the most exhilirating documentary i have ever seen
nice guy, this nut!
six more words required? ok, here they are!
Item provided a lot of biographical data, but also included many excerpts of Ginsberg
reading from his poems, as well as anecdotes from his various friends and associates.
I met Mr Ginsberg briefly in Madison, WI, in the 60's; a gracious and centered individual, and extremely pleasant. Read morePublished on April 9, 2011 by R. Gawlitta
For anyone familiar with Allen Ginsberg's work, this set is a great introduction to his life and times. Read morePublished on November 30, 2009 by Erik C. Pihl
Recently I have been in a "beat" generation literary frame of mind. It all started last summer when I happened to be in Lowell, Massachusetts on some personal business. Read morePublished on September 13, 2009 by Alfred Johnson
This is quite an interesting perspective of Allen Ginsberg the man rather than the impact he had on wider society. Read morePublished on April 22, 2009 by Junglies
So stated Roger Kimball in his immaculate book, The Long March, concerning the subject of this documentary. Read morePublished on December 26, 2008 by Bernard Chapin
The extraordinary life and times of Allen Ginsberg are profiled in this straightforward tribute documentary. Read morePublished on September 29, 2008 by 2 cents
No study of the 1950's and 1960's cultural revolution in the USA would be complete without the poetry and bohemian life-look at poet Allen Ginsberg and those of "The Beat... Read morePublished on April 14, 2008 by KerrLines