IMDb > Ballad of the Skeletons (1997)

Ballad of the Skeletons (1997) More at IMDbPro »


Overview

User Rating:
7.1/10   144 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 4% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Genre:
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
It all comes together See more (2 total) »

Cast

 

Directed by
Gus Van Sant 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Allen Ginsberg 
Gus Van Sant 

Produced by
Dany Wolf .... producer
 
Original Music by
Allen Ginsberg 
Philip Glass 
Paul McCartney 
 


Additional Details

Country:
Language:

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
It all comes together, 17 October 2002
Author: Neal Velgos (skipvelgos@hotmail.com) from Los Angeles

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.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (2 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Ballad of the Skeletons (1997)

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Gerry Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Drugstore Cowboy Elephant My Own Private Idaho
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew IMDb Short section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.