Even though this movie came out in 2010, I’ve just recently learned about Allen Ginsberg and I wanted to learn more about the beat generation and what has become of it.
Let me give you a little background info about Howl. Howl was a poem written by Allen Ginsberg in 1955. Written during the beat generation, and first preformed in San Francisco, 1955. The poem, which is split into 3 parts puts together scenes, sights and metaphorically speaking paints a picture about experiences and people Ginsberg encountered in his life. This poem was also considered obscene due to its language, and talk about drugs, sex, homosexuality and etc, since freedom of speech wasn’t as celebrated as it is now. And a court trial was later in session for such, though Ginsberg won.
Here’s the poem..
The movie stars James Franco playing the lead role as Allen Ginsberg (And may I say he’s pretty attractive playing this role), and in my opinion he does a pretty great job of portraying Allen Ginsberg. Though the court trial was a bit ‘ehh’ for lack of a better word.. I still enjoyed this movie and it gave me a better understanding of the poem, the beat generation, and it inspired me work on being a better writer.
Not to mention that I love this picture and this scene! Allen Ginsberg and his partner Peter in the movie:
(Credits for these pictures, the movie, and the poem. All of which I obviously do not own and I thought It would be wise to mention so I don’t get sewed or something..)