- 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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Howl2 Mar 2011
Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman examine Allen Ginsberg's controversial poem, with James Franco
Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (who both worked on 1984 documentary The Times of Harvey Milk) were originally commissioned by the Allen Ginsberg estate to make a documentary to mark the 50th anniversary of Ginsberg’s most celebrated (and notorious…
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