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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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Chuck Workman

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Chuck Workman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Jack Kerouac
Dennis Hopper ... William S. Burroughs
John Turturro ... Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg ... Self
Philip Glass ... Self
Robert Creeley Robert Creeley ... Self
Ann Charters Ann Charters ... Self
George Steade George Steade ... Self
David Amram David Amram ... Self
William S. Burroughs ... Self
Ed Sanders Ed Sanders ... Self
Gregory Corso Gregory Corso ... Self
Kyle Roderick Kyle Roderick ... Self - Corso biographer
Lawrence Ferlinghetti ... Self
Ken Kesey ... Self (archive footage)
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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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Filmmaker Jason Rosette appears briefly in the scene at the student center during the reading of Kerouac's "On the Road". See more »

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Features Funny Face (1957) See more »

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Captivating to watch
13 May 2017 | by ginmillcowboySee all my reviews

The best (and seemingly only coherent) documentary on the Beat Generation and their affect on the world and modern literature. Its strength lies in the great plundering of archive material that doesn't restrict itself to the usual photos and clips. All three actors deliver amazing performances during the readings (esp. Dennis Hopper as Burroughs).

8/10!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1999 (USA) See more »

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Gross USA:

$362,649

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$362,649
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