Director: Robert Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman Cast: James Franco, David Strathairn

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James Franco stars as Allen Ginsberg in Robert Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's biopic that blends traditional narrative storytelling with documentary-style footage and vivid animation to paint a compelling portrait of the famed Beat poet. For many historians, the counterculture was conceived the moment Ginsberg's landmark poem "Howl" was put on trial. On October 7, 1955, the charismatic young poet stunned audiences at San Francisco's Six Gallery with the first-ever public reading of "Howl." Two years later, Ginsberg was standing before fierce prosecutor Ralph McIntosh (David Strathairn) and ultra-conservative judge Clayton Horn (Bob Balaban) to defend his most famous work against accusations of obscenity. In addition to offering a detailed reenactment of that historical trial, Howl also recounts the early life events that molded Ginsberg into one of the most vital and outspoken voices of his generation, and features an animated visualization of the poem created by former Ginsberg collaborator Eric Drooker, and a score by Carter Burwell. Jon Hamm, Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker, and Alessandro Nivola co-star.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/04/2011
UPC: 0896602002951
Original Release: 2010
Rating: R
Source: Oscilloscope
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:24:00
Sales rank: 64,062

Special Features

James Franco in conversation with directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman - an all new feature length audio commentary; Holy! Holy! Holy! The Making of Howl - featuring directors Epstein and Friedman and stars James Franco, Jon Hamm, David Strathairn, Treat Williams, Bob Balaban, poet Anne Waldman, and others; Directors' research tapes - original interviews with Ginsberg's friends and collaborator Eric Drooker, Peter Orlovsky, Tuli Kupferberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Steven Taylor; Allen Ginsberg reads Howl - never before seen footage from a performance in 1995 at the Knitting Factory in New York; Allen Ginsberg reads Sunflower Sutra and Pull My Daisy - never before seen footage from a performance in 1995 at the Knitting Factory in New York; Q&a with directors Epstein and Friedman moderated by John Cameron Mitchell at the Provincetown Film Festival

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Franco Allen Ginsberg
David Strathairn Ralph McIntosh
Jon Hamm Jake Ehrlich
Bob Balaban Judge Clayton Horn
Jeff Daniels Professor David Kirk
Mary-Louise Parker Gail Potter
Treat Williams Mark Schorer
Alessandro Nivola Luther Nichols
Todd Rotondi Jack Kerouac
Jon Prescott Neal Cassady
Aaron Tveit Peter Orlovsky

Technical Credits
Robert Epstein Director,Cinematographer,Producer,Screenwriter
Jeffrey Friedman Director,Cinematographer,Producer,Screenwriter
Ken Bailey Associate Producer
Russell Barnes Art Director
Brian Benson Co-producer
Carter Burwell Score Composer
James Q. Chan Associate Producer
Therese DePrez Production Designer
Eric Drooker Animator
Kelly Gilpatrick Associate Producer
Peter Hale Associate Producer
Kurt & Bart Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward Lachman Cinematographer
Jawal Nga Executive Producer
Andrew Peterson Co-producer
Jake Pushinsky Editor
Elizabeth Redleaf Producer
Bob Rosenthal Associate Producer
Mark Steele Co-producer
Bernie Telsey Casting
Gus Van Sant Executive Producer
Christine Kunewa Walker Producer
Hal Willner Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Howl
1. 1955 San Francisco [4:00]
2. Howl [6:49]
3. Jack Kerouac [5:45]
4. Your Muse [6:35]
5. Institutions [5:01]
6. Neak Cassady [4:48]
7. "A Howl of Pain" [6:21]
8. Prophecy [5:43]
9. Meeting Peter [3:09]
10. Moloch [4:42]
11. "Dadaist Persuasion" [8:27]
12. Closing Arguments [3:19]
13. Obscene? [3:57]
14. "Holy, Holy, Holy" [5:22]
15. Epilogue [2:58]
16. End Credits [2:08]
1. Howl and Allen Ginsberg [:47]
2. Origins of the Movie [4:55]
3. On Location of Howl [3:45]
4. Cinematography [10:41]
5. The Obscenity Trial [1:59]
6. The Directors [4:50]
7. Behind the Animation [4:20]
8. Epilogue [6:41]

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