What Happened To Kerouac? (Deluxe Edition)
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Jack Kerouac was the father of the Beat Generation, author of On the Road and pivotal figure of the 1950s countercultural revolution. This portrait shows us what happened when fame and notoriety were thrust upon an essentially reticent man. What Happened To Kerouac? is a lively and revealing investigation into the mans personal history and creative process. Kerouac speaks for himself most eloquently in television appearances with Steve Allen and William F. Buckley, along with a fine visual tribute featuring his poetry. The result is a touching and exhilarating film about a troubled genius whose influence is still being felt all over the world. Featuring Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, William S. Burroughs, Steve Allen, William F. Buckley, Charlie Parker, Neal Cassady, Carolyn Cassady, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure and Gary Snyder.
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There is footage of him a year or so before his death that reveals a jaded, somewhat withdrawn presence on the William F. Buckley tv show wherein a seemingly intoxicated Kerouac is involved in a discussion with the host about the Vietnam war, America and government in relation to the "counter-culture" movement in the late 60's and he seems uneasy and irritable throughout the broadcast. There's also footage of a younger Kerouac on the Steve Allen show 8 years back from the Buckley show and it reveals a more positive side to the writer briefly allowing a glimpse into his persona and psyche. I would say, if you're a fan of Kerouac, despite this being rather old(1981, I believe), its very good to have, if nothing else, for an entertaining hour or so of your own time to spend and reminisce with if you're a devoted follower. 4 stars
You will not get a play-by-play coverage of all his novels and writings. You will not get a simple biography from birth to death. It is not about praise. Instead, the focus is on who Kerouac was and what he was about at pivotal periods in his life, which does a 180. You will get Kerouac's priest talking about his crucifix, verbal sparring with Ed Sanders, Corso waxing poetic about minstrels and poets, Burroughs speaking on fact and fiction, an ex-wife describing his eyes, Ginsberg covering the realities of Kerouac's mother, Neal Cassady smiling, Ferlinghetti being insulted, and the like. This film is filled with humanity and presence. It is a document much like a letter home.
Have met some of the people at the LOWELL CELEBRATES KEROUAC celebration in the past,
not many of the older friends don't come to it anymore.
But a good celebration it is!!!
Good film to enjoy, and there is more out there!!