Howl

Howl
  • 2010
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
  • Written by: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
  • Cast: James Franco, Aaron Tveit, Jon Hamm, David Strathairn, Mary-Louise Parker, Jon Prescott, Alessandro Nivola, Bob Balaban, Jeff Daniels, Treat Williams

James Franco's passionate and intelligent reading of Allen Ginsberg's Howl is placed alongside a recreation of the obscenity trial of its publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The animated translation of the poem is overly literal, but kudos to the filmmakers for bringing Ginsberg's work to a new generation.

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