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Poetry in Motion (1982)

Not Rated | | Documentary | October 1982 (USA)
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 »

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Ron Mann
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Credited cast:
Helen Adam Helen Adam ... Herself
Miguel Algarín Miguel Algarín ... Himself (as Miguel Algarin)
Amiri Baraka Amiri Baraka ... Himself
Ted Berrigan Ted Berrigan ... Himself
Charles Bukowski ... Himself
William S. Burroughs ... Himself
John Cage John Cage ... Himself
Jim Carroll Jim Carroll ... Himself
Jayne Cortez Jayne Cortez ... Herself
Robert Creeley Robert Creeley ... Himself
Christopher Dewdney Christopher Dewdney ... Himself
Diane DiPrima Diane DiPrima ... Herself
Kenward Elmslie Kenward Elmslie ... Himself
Four Horsemen Four Horsemen ... Themselves
Allen Ginsberg ... Himself
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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. These poets are energetic performers, and their poems are meant to be heard. These poets are the children of Walt Whitman and of Charles Olson, incantatory and oratorical, radical, sometimes incorporating contemporary political imagery. Black Mountain poets, the Beats, minimalists like John Cage, the wordless Four Horsemen, Tom Waits, and others capture aspects of poets as troubadours. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Documentary

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Not Rated
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

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October 1982 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

CAD 160,000 (estimated)
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Sphinx Productions See more »
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Color
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References Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971) See more »

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Poetry is Very Cool
19 June 2001 | by chinaskeeSee all my reviews

Charles Bukowski was the first poet I was ever able to read,so when I saw he was in this film,I knew I had to see it.What I discovered is that Buk is not the only great poet of the 20th century.This is an amazing collection of everybody from William S. Burroughs to Tom Waits and Alan Ginsberg doing their thing and every single one of these poets is incredible.This film is a constant barrage of words and music and it could have been eight hours long and it still would have had me mesmerized.An incredible experience.


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