MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 27,852 this week

Ballad of the Skeletons (1997)

7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 147 users  
Reviews: 2 user

Add a Plot

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 274 titles
created 12 Dec 2011
 
a list of 473 titles
created 19 Aug 2012
 
a list of 12 titles
created 16 Oct 2012
 
a list of 816 titles
created 02 Jan 2014
 
list image
a list of 464 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Ballad of the Skeletons (1997)

Ballad of the Skeletons (1997) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ballad of the Skeletons.
2 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Elephant (2003)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent.

Director: Gus Van Sant
Stars: Elias McConnell, Alex Frost, Eric Deulen
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

Sissy Hankshaw is born with enormous thumbs that help her hitchhiking through the US from a young age. She becomes a model in advertising and her NY agent 'the Countess' sends her to his ... See full summary »

Director: Gus Van Sant
Stars: Uma Thurman, Lorraine Bracco, Pat Morita
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author.

Director: Gus Van Sant
Stars: Sean Connery, Rob Brown, F. Murray Abraham
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way.

Director: Gus Van Sant
Stars: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo
Psycho (1998)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A young female embezzeler arrives at the Bates Motel which has terrible secrets of its own.

Director: Gus Van Sant
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore
Promised Land (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.

Director: Gus Van Sant
Stars: Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Through the neighborhoods of Paris, love is veiled, revealed, imitated, sucked dry, reinvented and awakened.

Directors: Olivier Assayas, Frédéric Auburtin, and 20 more credits »
Stars: Juliette Binoche, Leonor Watling, Ludivine Sagnier
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Directors: Gavin Bowden, Drew Carolan, and 9 more credits »
Stars: Flea, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis
8 (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

8 shorts centered around 8 themes directed by 8 famous film directors involved and sharing their opinion on progress, on the set-backs and the challenges our planet faces today.

Directors: Jane Campion, Gael García Bernal, and 6 more credits »
Stars: Nigist Anteneh, Tefera Gizaw, Fekadu Kebede
Best of Chris Isaak (Video 2006)
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Directors: Ted Bafaloukos, Geoffrey Barish, and 14 more credits »
Stars: Chris Isaak, Laetitia Casta, Helena Christensen
Best of Bowie (Video 2002)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The most thorough Bowie hits spread over his entire career. A must for any Bowie fan. Disc 1: Oh. You Pretty Things (from Old Grey Whistle Test), Queen Bitch (from OGWT), Five Years (from ... See full summary »

Directors: Steve Barron, Samuel Bayer, and 19 more credits »
Stars: David Bowie, Carlos Alomar, Naveen Andrews
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An indictment ballad of all the different political groups in America.

Director: Gus Van Sant
Stars: William S. Burroughs
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

independent film | See All (1) »

Genres:

Short

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 June 1997 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
It all comes together
17 October 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Having just seen this approximately four minute film on the big screen, I am awash in admiration. A close-up of Allen Ginsberg reciting his "skeletons" poem is bluescreened and dissolved against archival film and video clips, and backed by musicians to create a sort of song that becomes an American anthem. These clips predominantly feature images of the Dole/Clinton presidential campaign, but also include familiar and disturbing 1960s civil rights conflicts. The immediacy of Ginsberg looking and speaking full-on into the camera, to us, is striking and impossible to forget.

What does it mean? I wish I could watch it again and decide. Surely Ginsberg and Van Sant have produced more meaningful work separately, but the combination with the music makes a brilliant whole. This is an extension of Van Sant's 1991 filmic version of William S. Burroughs' Thanksgiving poem, and the two short films are weird and poignant tributes to these great writers.


10 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Hillarious hgh_vltg
Discuss Ballad of the Skeletons (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page