I migliori film sulla Beat Generation - Osservatori Esterni

by luca-ratman-nigro | created - 07 Oct 2015 | updated - 07 Oct 2015 | Public

“La Beat Generation è un gruppo di bambini all'angolo della strada che parlano della fine del mondo”, dichiara Jack Kerouac.

Noi Osservatori Esterni vi proponiamo una lista di film che tratta proprio della Beat Generation, alcuni in lingua originale, altri in italiano. In ogni modo: assolutamente da vedere.

Buona visione e felice approfondimento!

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1. Pull My Daisy (1959)

30 min | Short

Milo is a railroad brakeman, his wife a painter. They have some poet friends who spend a good bit of time hanging out at their apartment. When Milo and his wife are visited by their bishop,... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Frank, Alfred Leslie | Stars: Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Larry Rivers

Votes: 641

2. The Flower Thief (1960)

70 min | Drama

Idylls of the beats in the Beat Generation scene of San Francisco's North Beach.

Director: Ron Rice | Stars: Taylor Mead, Philip McKenna, Ella Henry, Linda Evanoff

Votes: 53

3. The Subterraneans (1960)

89 min | Drama

A love story between two misunderstood new bohemians who don't even understand themselves.

Director: Ranald MacDougall | Stars: Leslie Caron, George Peppard, Janice Rule, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 248

5. Greenwich Village Story (1963)

95 min | Drama, Romance

A struggling writer dumps a pregnant dancer for a well-off socialite. Later, he realizes his true feelings and opts to make amends.

Director: Jack O'Connell | Stars: Robert Hogan, Melinda Cordell, Tani Guthrie, Sunja Svensen

Votes: 13

6. Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation (2012)

Unrated | 92 min | Documentary, Music

65 Metascore

Explores the music scene in Greenwich Village, New York in the 60's and early 70's. The film highlights some of the finest singer/songwriters of the day.

Director: Laura Archibald | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Happy Traum, Tom Bernadin, Doug Yeager

Votes: 266 | Gross: $0.02M

7. The Ballad of Greenwich Village (2005)

70 min | Documentary

THE BALLAD OF GREENWICH VILLAGE is a 70 minute documentary that tells the story of the artists, rebels, and bohemians who came to New York's Greenwich Village over many decades, and changed... See full summary »

Director: Karen Kramer | Stars: Edward Albee, Woody Allen, Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka

Votes: 9

8. Towers Open Fire (1966)

Not Rated | 10 min | Short

Dramatizations, cut ups, and psychological experimentation based on the works of William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin.

Director: Antony Balch | Stars: Antony Balch, William S. Burroughs, David Jacobs, Bachoo Sen

Votes: 273

9. The Cut Ups (1966)

Not Rated | 19 min | Short

The savage deconstruction of the relationship between image and reality. "Yes, Hello?", "Look at that picture," "Does it seem to be persisting?", "Good. Thank you".

Director: Antony Balch | Stars: William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin

Votes: 205

10. Couch (1964)

54 min | Drama

The couch at Andy Warhol's Factory was as famous in its own right as any of his Superstars. In Couch, visitors to the Factory were invited to "perform" on camera, seated on the old couch. ... See full summary »

Director: Andy Warhol | Stars: Bingingham Birdie, Rufus Collins, Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg

Votes: 63

11. Chappaqua (1966)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

Semi-autobiographical story of Conrad Rooks, who travels to France to undergo a drug-withdrawal cure. Flashbacks to the beginings of psychedelia in San Fran.

Director: Conrad Rooks | Stars: Jean-Louis Barrault, Conrad Rooks, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg

Votes: 508

12. Me and My Brother (1969)

91 min | Drama

Julius Orlovsky, after spending years in a New York mental hospital, emerges catatonic and must rely on his brother Peter, who lives with poet Allen Ginsberg. When Julius wanders off in the... See full summary »

Director: Robert Frank | Stars: Julius Orlovsky, Peter Orlovsky, John Coe, Allen Ginsberg

Votes: 116

14. Heart Beat (1980)

R | 110 min | Drama

The life and friendship between the icons of the Beat Generation - Neal Cassady, Carolyn Cassady and Jack Kerouac.

Director: John Byrum | Stars: Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, John Heard, Ray Sharkey

Votes: 562

15. On the Road (1980 TV Special)

30 min | Documentary

A documentary about the novel 'The Good Companions' by J.B. Priestly. The documentary features an interview with Priestly, as well as looking at various adaptations of the novel.

Director: Mervyn Cumming | Stars: Jessie Matthews, J.B. Priestley

17. Burroughs: The Movie (1983)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

Burroughs: The Movie explores the life and times of controversial Naked Lunch author William S. Burroughs, with an intimacy never before seen and never repeated. The film charts the ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Brookner | Stars: Francis Bacon, Mortimer Burroughs, William S. Burroughs, Lucien Carr

Votes: 446

18. What Happened to Kerouac? (1986)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Documentary explore the unfulfilled promise of Beat Generation icon Jack Kerouac, covering the period from the publication of his notorious novel On the Road in 1957 to his alcohol-related death 12 years later.

Directors: Richard Lerner, Lewis MacAdams | Stars: Gregory Corso, Jan Kerouac, Herbert Huncke, Fran Landesman

Votes: 274

19. Poetry in Motion (1982)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

More than 20 contemporary North American poets recite, sing, and perform their work. Several also comment. Early in the film, Charles Bukowski talks about the energy of poets and of a poem.... See full summary »

Director: Ron Mann | Stars: Helen Adam, Miguel Algarín, Amiri Baraka, Ted Berrigan

Votes: 104

20. William S. Burroughs: Commissioner of Sewers (1991)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

An hour-long interview with author William S. Burroughs in which he expounds on American culture, art and morals.

Director: Klaus Maeck | Stars: William S. Burroughs, Jürgen Ploog

Votes: 119

21. The Beat Generation: An American Dream (1988)

Unrated | 86 min | Documentary, History

An investigation of the Beat Generation.

Director: Janet Forman | Stars: Steve Allen, David Amram, Amiri Baraka, Ray Bremser

Votes: 42

22. Gang of Souls: A Generation of Beat Poets (1989)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Maria Beatty's documentary exploring the insights and influences of the American Beat Poets. The film conveys their consciousness and sensibility through interviews with William Burroughs, ... See full summary »

Director: Maria Beatty | Stars: William S. Burroughs, Jim Carroll, Gregory Corso, Diane Di Prima

Votes: 10

23. Jack Kerouac's Road: A Franco-American Odyssey (1987)

55 min | Documentary

A look at the life and work of Jack Kerouac.

Director: Herménégilde Chiasson | Stars: Jack Langedijk, Albert Belzile, Mance Edmond, Carl Helmy

Votes: 12

24. Naked Lunch (1991)

R | 115 min | Drama

67 Metascore

After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally kills his wife, and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, Julian Sands

Votes: 43,506 | Gross: $2.54M

25. A Poet on the Lower East Side: A Docu-Diary on Allen Ginsberg (1997)

96 min | Documentary

Two writers from the opposite ends of the world share a meeting of the minds. Hungarian poet and translator István Eörsi journeys to New York City to meet literary legend Allen Ginsberg. ... See full summary »

Director: Gyula Gazdag | Stars: Gregory Corso, István Eörsi, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky

Votes: 14

26. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg (1994)

TV-14 | 82 min | Documentary, Biography

59 Metascore

The life and work of Allen Ginsberg, the greatest of the Beat Generation poets is put in focus in this film

Director: Jerry Aronson | Stars: Joan Baez, William F. Buckley, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg

Votes: 232 | Gross: $0.00M

27. The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg Deluxe Set (2008)

Not Rated | 680 min | Documentary

For 25 years, Academy Award-nominated director Jerry Aronson accumulated more than 120 hours of film on Allen Ginsberg, resulting in this comprehensive portrait of one of America's greatest... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Aronson

Votes: 26

28. The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997)

R | 92 min | Biography, Romance

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.... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Kay | Stars: Thomas Jane, Keanu Reeves, Adrien Brody, John Doe

Votes: 1,946 | Gross: $0.05M

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

88 min | Documentary, Biography, History

66 Metascore

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 »

Director: Chuck Workman | Stars: Johnny Depp, John Turturro, Dennis Hopper, Allen Ginsberg

Votes: 729 | Gross: $0.36M

31. Howl (2010)

R | 84 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

As Allen Ginsberg talks about his life and art, his most famous poem is illustrated in animation while the obscenity trial of the work is dramatized.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: James Franco, Todd Rotondi, Jon Prescott, Aaron Tveit

Votes: 12,182 | Gross: $0.62M

32. On the Road (2012)

R | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams

Votes: 38,250 | Gross: $0.72M

33. Kill Your Darlings (2013)

R | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

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

Director: John Krokidas | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Ben Foster

Votes: 33,184 | Gross: $1.03M

34. Big Sur (2013)

R | 81 min | Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

A recounting of Jack Kerouac's three sojourns to the cabin in Big Sur owned by his friend, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Director: Michael Polish | Stars: Jean-Marc Barr, Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 1,729 | Gross: $0.03M

35. One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur (2008)

98 min | Documentary, Music

Jack Kerouac escapes from post "On The Road" fame to his dream of an isolated retreat in a cabin at Big Sur, where he searches for inner peace. His road comes full circle with this ... See full summary »

Director: Curt Worden | Stars: David Amram, Erik Bauersfeld, Carolyn Cassady, Jami Cassady

Votes: 72



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