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A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

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In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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A true story of obsession and murder


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Rated R for sexual content, language, drug use and brief violence | See all certifications »

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$53,452 (USA) (18 October 2013)

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$1,029,949 (USA) (21 February 2014)
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In this film, David Cross plays Allen Ginsberg's father, Louis. In I'm Not There. (2007), David Cross played Allen Ginsberg himself. See more »

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The Columbia University library tour guide proudly identifies a book as a first folio edition of "Hamlet." There is no such edition. "Hamlet" was published in quarto editions (half the size of folio) during Shakespeare's life. The only folio editions of Shakespeare's work were the posthumous collections of his complete plays. See more »

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Lucien Carr: [on Kerouac's writings] It's brilliant, no?
Allen Ginsberg: It's missing some periods and commas.
Lucien Carr: It's better than anything you've ever written.
Allen Ginsberg: I use periods and commas.
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Wolf Like Me
Written by Tunde Adebimpe (as Babatunde Adebimpe), Jaleel Bunton, Kyp Malone (as David Malone), David Sitek, Gerard Smith
Performed by TV on the Radio
Published by Stunzeed Music, BMG Rights Management
Courtesy of Interscope Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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1 June 2014 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Kill Your Darlings is labelled biopic and drama but the movie fails on both aspects.

First, the scenario only glances over the emergence of the Beat Generation and its three founding authors : for the literature neophytes — a fortiori non-American persons — the movie doesn't teach anything about that movement, its roots, its consequences, and the importance of the stakes is not palpable at all.

The scenario tries in parallel to develop a drama/thriller that turns out to be not much convincing, there was much better to do with this storyline about homosexuality at an intolerant time.

The cast, though badly directed, is extremely bland and only Daniel Radcliffe arouses any emotion (which is a desire to murder).

All in all, there is nothing to draw from this movie one will make forget as soon as finished.


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