Friday, September 17, 2010

Newsweek Review: Bohemian Rhapsody When is a biopic not just a biopic? When, like 'Howl,' it's got poetry in its soul.

The movie opens in black and white with a bespectacled poet adjusting his glasses and preparing to read. In the audience, college kids drink wine from glass jugs and blow cigarette smoke dramatically skyward. The poet begins. “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.” It’s Allen Ginsberg (James Franco), the poem is Howl, and this is the point at which a traditional biopic would flash back to Ginsberg’s childhood, then proceed forward in a dutiful, linear manner, detailing all the events that led the man to create the work. Instead, filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman make the convention-defying, refreshing choice to focus on Ginsberg’s art, not his biography. Read full story >>

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  1. The Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center of Venice, California is sponsoring a public group reading of "Howl" by Los Angeles poets
    following the screening of the movie at the Sunset 5 theater 8000 Sunset Blvd. at 9:00 PM October 1, 2010 in the plaza outside the theater.

    Allen Ginsberg read at Beyond Baroque in the 1980s and early 1990s and described the venue as "A great place, a treasure."