The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg 2008 NR CC

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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 ground-breaking poems.

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Allen Ginsberg
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1 hour 24 minutes

The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg

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Genres Documentary
Director Jerry Aronson
Starring Allen Ginsberg
Studio Docurama
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Note For Instant Video Release: I've included DVD information here because of how much extra it adds to the experience. If you are looking for material about Ginsberg, it might be worth it for the six hours of bonus extras.

This DVD release of "The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg" might catch your eye if you are a fan of the poet and revolutionary. The film itself premiered as part of the PBS American Masters series in 1994 after its run on the festival circuit in 1993. It has been released in DVD form on different occasions, most recently in 2007 to align with the fiftieth anniversary of "Howl." That 2 disc set combined both the movie feature with over six hours (yes, six) of Bonus features. That edition and the previous ones have been out of print for some time, so Docurama is picking up the mantle and re-releasing the picture. I mention all of this to clarify that this is NOT a new title. You may have seen it and you may already own it. This release is exactly the same in content as the 2007 DVD, so please do not double dip. If, however, you new to the Ginsberg phenomenon or have not seen the movie than it is an easy recommendation.

At 84 minutes, the movie itself is but a snap shot of Ginsberg and his accomplishments. There is far more comprehensive material to be found if you are so inclined. There is nothing particularly noteworthy about the style of the film, it is fairly straightforward in presentation. Some areas of focus include the Beat Generation period and his development of friendships with William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. His rise to activism in the fifties and sixties gets solid coverage, his thoughtful challenges to the status quo and his connection with Timothy Leary are also explored.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JK on June 20, 2014
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I spent my early years living near the Village and never understood Allen Ginsberg's poetry for some reason. This film changed my mind.
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