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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 ... Self
Miguel Algarín Miguel Algarín ... Self (as Miguel Algarin)
Amiri Baraka ... Self
Ted Berrigan Ted Berrigan ... Self
Charles Bukowski ... Self
William S. Burroughs ... Self
John Cage John Cage ... Self
Jim Carroll Jim Carroll ... Self
Jayne Cortez Jayne Cortez ... Self
Robert Creeley Robert Creeley ... Self
Christopher Dewdney Christopher Dewdney ... Self
Diane Di Prima Diane Di Prima ... Self
Kenward Elmslie Kenward Elmslie ... Self
Four Horsemen Four Horsemen ... Themselves
Allen Ginsberg ... Self
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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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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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Canada

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English

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October 1982 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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CAD160,000 (estimated)
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Sphinx Productions See more »
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