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Neal Cassady is living the beat life during the 1940s, working at The Tire Yard and and philandering around town. However, he has visions of a happy life with kids and a white picket fence. When his girlfriend, Joan, tries to kill herself he gets scared and runs away. But when Joan reappears will he take the chance at that happiness, or will he turn his back on it? Written by
The Last Time is a factual look into the life of the Beat Generation's Neal Cassady. It's based upon a letter (the Joan Anderson letter) from Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac.
The scenes are fragmentary, jittery, jazz-punctuated, syncopated, improvised, and skittery; this is the same style in which the Beat writers penned their poems, prose, and personal letters, and it makes the viewer feel as if he/she is reading Beat poetry while watching the film.
When the film opens, Cassady is struggling with the aftermath of his girlfriend's attempted suicide. He begins to examine the battle between his own desire to roam free and write, and her desire to live the American dream (marriage, house).
Overwhelmed, he plunges headfirst into his own desires...
Along the way, Neal realizes that life choices are permanent, for better or for worse.
Keanu Reeves appears briefly as Beat writer Jack Kerouac, silky and smooth, who helps Neal smooth out his rough edges.
The soundtrack is excellent, and a must have for anyone who likes Jazz. The brilliant, landmark Jazz featured is the soundtrack of the Beats themselves, lively, progressive, explosive, the compositions infinite in possibilities.
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