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The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation (1999)

Traces the Beats from Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac's meeting in 1944 at Columbia University to the deaths of Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs in 1997. Three actors provide dramatic ... See full summary »

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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. Burroughs in 1997. Three actors provide dramatic interpretations of the work of these three writers, and the film chronicles their friendships, their arrival into American consciousness, their travels, frequent parodies, Kerouac's death, and Ginsberg's politicization. Their movement connects with bebop, John Cage's music, abstract expressionism, and living theater. In recent interviews, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Kesey, Ferlinghetti, Mailer, Jerry Garcia, Tom Hayden, Gary Snyder, Ed Sanders, and others measure the Beats' meaning and impact. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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23 January 1999 (USA)  »

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$16,821 (USA) (27 August 1999)

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$360,895 (USA) (19 May 2000)
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Broadcast in the UK in 2001 as part of the BBC's prestigious Arena (1975) series. See more »

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Great Documentary & Performances!
6 November 2000 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is perhaps the greatest documentary ever made of the Beat Generation. It has engrossing interviews, heightened by some of the finest performances ever done by the actors. Dennis Hopper deserved an acting Oscar, but Tuturro and Depp also did a great job.


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