BEAT Generation

The Beat Generation refers to a group of American post-WWII writers who came to prominence in the 1950s, as well as the cultural phenomena that they both documented and inspired. Central elements of "Beat" culture included experimentation with drugs, alternative forms of sexuality, an interest in Eastern religion, a rejection of materialism, and the idealizing of exuberant, unexpurgated means of expression and being.
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Heart Beat (1980)
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The life and friendship between the icons of the Beat Generation - Neal Cassady, Carloyn Cassady and Jack Kerouac. (110 mins.)
Director: John Byrum
 
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Beat (2000)
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The story of writer William Seward Burroughs and his wife. (93 mins.)
Director: Gary Walkow
 
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Howl (2010)
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As Allen Ginsberg talks about his life and art, his most famous poem is illustrated in animation while the obscenity trial of the work is dramatized. (84 mins.)
 
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Naked Lunch (1991)
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After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally murders his wife and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa. (115 mins.)
 
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Neal Cassady (2007)
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The story of what happened to Neal Cassady after Jack Kerouac's "On The Road" came out. Deals primarily with Neal's relationship to his fictional alter-ego, Dean Moriarty. (80 mins.)
Director: Noah Buschel
 
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Factory Girl (2006)
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Based on the rise and fall of socialite Edie Sedgwick, concentrating on her relationships with Andy Warhol and a folk singer. (90 mins.)
 
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I'm Not There. (2007)
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Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work. (135 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
 
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The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997)
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Neal Cassady is living the beat life during the 1940s, working at The Tire Yard and and philandering around town... (92 mins.)
Director: Stephen T. Kay
 
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On the Road (2012)
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Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly. (124 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
 
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Big Sur (2013)
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A recounting of Jack Kerouac's (here known by the name of his fictional alter-ego Jack Duluoz) three sojourns to the cabin in Big Sur, owned by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. (81 mins.)
Director: Michael Polish
 
11.
What Happened to Kerouac? (1986 Documentary)
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(96 mins.)
 
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Kerouac, the Movie (1985 Documentary)
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Jack Kerouac was a Beat Generation writer who took the nation by storm upon the publication of his novel On the Road... (78 mins.)
Director: John Antonelli
 
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Kill Your Darlings (2013)
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A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. (104 mins.)
Director: John Krokidas