A 2010 film about Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl", his inspirations, and the ensuing obscenity trial.
Howl is a 2010 genre-bending biopic of famed beat poet Allen Ginsberg, portrayed by James Franco. The film, written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, is structured around the … see full wiki
*** out of **** James Franco can gleefully inhabit just about every character he portrays. I enjoyed watching him as his pot-head persona in "Pineapple Express", and his performance in 2010's "127 Hours" is earning Franco all kinds of praise. I know he is a talented actor; but I never knew he would act in a movie such as "Howl". Now, "Howl" is a film which not everyone has heard of, and if you've heard of it, then it's probably because you either like the poem of the same … more
HOWL Written and Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman Starring James Franco, Jon Hamm and David Strathairn Mark Schorer: Sir, you cannot translate poetry to prose. That is why it’s poetry. I seriously doubt this could happen today, that a poem could spark such outcry as to demand it be banned in the courts as obscene. Fifty years ago though, that is exactly what happened to American poet, … more
I really wasn't at all sure what I was going to be seeing when I sat down to watch Howl. I came into the film with really no expectations and by the time the credits were rolling I was somewhat mesmerized. The film takes place in both 1955 and 1957 as we see Allen Ginsberg (portrayed brilliantly by James Franco) in his various relationships with both homosexual and heterosexual friends and lovers, as we see him writing and performing his infamous poem widely considered the cornerstone of the … more