The Subterraneans (1960)

 |  Drama  |  23 June 1960 (USA)
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A love story between two misunderstood new bohemians who don't even understand themselves.



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Leo is a 28 year old writer who doesn't have any friends because he finds normal people too shallow and so he hasn't found love. After an arguing with his mother he leaves into the night where he accidentally meets a group of poets, artists and philosophers who drag him to a subterranean bar where Yuri, a vagabond poet, introduces him to Mardou a beautiful blonde girl. Leo goes with the young beatnik group to every subterranean bar in San Francisco. Immediately Leo and Mardou fall in love with each other and he promises her a life together forever but their love starts to strangle Leo's ability to write. One night, out of rage, Leo snaps and has an affair with Roxanne. Mardou disappears for four days because she thinks Leo is very childish, which takes Leo to heavy drinking until she re-appears with the news that she's pregnant and they declare their love with each other by leaving the new bohemian group to be alone and start a normal life together. Written by Rodrigo Borges

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These are The Subterraneans Today's Young Rebels - Who live and love in a world of their own this is their story told to the hot rhythms of fabulous jazz! See more »




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Release Date:

23 June 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A földalattiak  »

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2.35 : 1
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The love affair the autobiographical novel by Jack Kerouac is based upon took place in New York City, but Grove Press, Kerouac's publisher, had him change the location to San Francisco to minimize exposure to libel suits. See more »


Leo Percepied: I bought you a television set, didn't I? With the money I made on the railroad, didn't I? And it's not like I eat my head off around here.
Charlotte Percepied: Yes, you bought me a television set. You left me alone for 3 months, to go off and work on the railroad, like a common laborer. You with a college education, a degree from Columbia University in New York city, and you bought me a television set.
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Coffee Time
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Performed by Carmen McRae with The André Previn Trio
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Untrue to beatnik culture
13 September 2003 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark') – See all my reviews

Tasteless adaption of a great beat novel. The big MGM studio setup is not suited for a story like this. A low budget B/W Noir style, would have suited the story better.

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