Beat Generation

Films relating to the Beat Generation.
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The Beat Generation (1959)
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A detective is assigned to track down and capture a crazed serial rapist. (95 mins.)
Director: Charles F. Haas
 
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Pull My Daisy (1959 Short Film)
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Milo is a railroad brakeman, his wife a painter. They have some poet friends who spend a good bit of time hanging out at their apartment... (30 mins.)
 
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The Subterraneans (1960)
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A love story between two misunderstood new bohemians who don't even understand themselves. (89 mins.)
 
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Towers Open Fire (1963 Short Film)
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Dramatizations, cut ups, and psychological experimentation based on the works of William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin. (10 mins.)
Director: Antony Balch
 
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William Buys a Parrot (1963 Documentary)
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A bizarre silent short film showing author William S. Burroughs negotiating to buy a parrot. (2 mins.)
Director: Antony Balch
 
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Wholly Communion (1965 Documentary)
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A short film documenting what was referred to as "The International Poetry Incarnation". It was billed as Great Britain's first full-scale "happening"... (33 mins.)
Director: Peter Whitehead
 
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The Cut Ups (1966 Short Film)
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(19 mins.)
Director: Antony Balch
 
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Chappaqua (1966)
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Semi-autobiographical story of Conrad Rooks, who travels to France to undergo a drug-withdrawal cure... (82 mins.)
Director: Conrad Rooks
 
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Me and My Brother (1969)
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Julius Orlovsky, after spending years in a New York mental hospital, emerges catatonic and must rely on his brother Peter... (91 mins.)
Director: Robert Frank
 
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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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Arena (1975 TV Series)
Episode: Burroughs (1983)
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Documentary on the life of William S. Burroughs.
 
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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
 
13.
What Happened to Kerouac? (1986 Documentary)
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(96 mins.)
 
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The Beat Generation: An American Dream (1987 Documentary)
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An investigation of the Beat Generation. (86 mins.)
Director: Janet Forman
 
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Jack Kerouac's Road: A Franco-American Odyssey (1987 Documentary)
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A look at the life and work of Jack Kerouac. (55 mins.)
 
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This Ain't Bebop (1989 Short Film)
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(30 mins.)
Director: Ralph Bakshi
 
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The Black Rider (1990 TV Movie)
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Inspired by the German folktale "Der Freischütz". Wilhelm, a file clerk, falls in love with a huntsman's daughter. In order to marry, Wilhelm must prove his worth as a hunter and gain her father's approval. (129 mins.)
 
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William S. Burroughs: Commissioner of Sewers (1991 Documentary)
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An hour-long interview with author William S. Burroughs in which he expounds on American culture, art and morals. (60 mins.)
Director: Klaus Maeck
 
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Thanksgiving Prayer (1991 Short Film)
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An indictment ballad of all the different political groups in America. (3 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
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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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The Junky's Christmas (1993 Short Film)
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Burroughs takes down a book and reads us the story of Danny the Carwiper, who spends Christmas Day trying to score a fix... (21 mins.)
 
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American Masters (1985 TV Series)
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The life and work of Allen Ginsberg, the greatest of the Beat Generation poets is put in focus in this film (90 mins.)
 
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Ah Pook Is Here (1994 Short Film)
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A disturbingly organic-looking figure speaks to us of life, politics and death as the symbol of the common man toils away. (6 mins.)
Director: Philip Hunt
 
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The Coney Island of Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1996 Documentary)
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(60 mins.)
 
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A Poet on the Lower East Side: A Docu-Diary on Allen Ginsberg (1997 Documentary)
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Two writers from the opposite ends of the world share a meeting of the minds. Hungarian poet and translator... (90 mins.)
Director: Gyula Gazdag
 
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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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Bravo Profiles (1994 TV Series)
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Bravo network TV series that profiles creative artists in many fields.
 
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The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation (1999 Documentary)
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Traces the Beats from Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac's meeting in 1944 at Columbia University to the deaths of Ginsberg and William S... (88 mins.)
Director: Chuck Workman
 
30.
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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Finding Jack Kerouac (2002)
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Mitch is an eighth year college senior. He has changed majors several times to avoid going out into the real world... (93 mins.)
Director: Jeff Lyon
 
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Starving Hysterical Naked (2003)
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The story focuses on the lives of a group Beat Generation artists. (60 mins.)
Director: Michael Bockman
 
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Beat Angel (2004)
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The angelic spirit of writer Jack Kerouac returns to Earth to change the life of a writer. (98 mins.)
Director: Randy Allred
 
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The Ballad of Greenwich Village (2005 Documentary)
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THE BALLAD OF GREENWICH VILLAGE is a 70 minute documentary that tells the story of the artists, rebels... (70 mins.)
Director: Karen Kramer
 
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Breaking the Rules (2006 Documentary)
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A history of American counterculture covering 1950s Bebop, the Beat Generation, the Summer of Love, and the origin of Hip-Hop. (94 mins.)
Director: Marco Müller
 
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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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Gang of Souls: A Generation of Beat Poets (1989 Documentary)
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Maria Beatty's documentary exploring the insights and influences of the American Beat Poets. The film... (60 mins.)
Director: Maria Beatty
 
38.
Finding My Kerouac (2008 Documentary)
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Kerouac's "On the Road" fuels two mid-life travelers through a 4000 mile journey of reflection, contemplation, and rediscovery. The documentary captures this through the spirit of Kerouac's travels. (34 mins.)
Director: Casey Berner
 
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One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur (2008 Documentary)
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"One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur" examines Jack Kerouac's escape from post "On The Road"... (98 mins.)
Director: Curt Worden
 
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The Japanese Sandman (2008 Short Film)
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At once wryly comedic travelogue and heartbreaking tale of love lost, THE JAPANESE SANDMAN is a visual... (12 mins.)
Director: Ed Buhr
 
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Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder (2009 Documentary)
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The poet and painter, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, is among the world's living monuments to arts and letters... (79 mins.)
 
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Corso: The Last Beat (2009 Documentary)
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Following Beat Poet Gregory Corso - literary compatriot of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs -- throughout Europe, discovering his past, and facing his death.
 
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William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010 Documentary)
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William S. Burroughs: featuring never before seen footage as well as exclusive interviews with his closest friends and colleagues... (87 mins.)
Director: Yony Leyser
 
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On the Trail: Jack Kerouac in Cheyenne (2010 Documentary)
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Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" is a classic American literature work. Kerouac writes about his experiences in Cheyenne... (13 mins.)
Director: Alan O'Hashi
 
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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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Love Always, Carolyn (2011 Documentary)
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Documentary about Carolyn Cassady, her life and marriage to Neal Cassady, her relationship with Jack Kerouac and how she takes care of the literary legacy from both. (70 mins.)
 
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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
 
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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
 
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Queer (????)
Director: Steve Buscemi