And the Beat Goes On

Over the last few years, the Beat writers have infiltrated the big screen. In 2010, James Franco stared in a biopic about Allen Ginsberg entitled Howl, which focused on the obscenity trial surrounding the poem’s publication and Ginsberg’s publisher Lawrence Felinghetti/City Lights Press. The movie generally received positive reviews, and I also enjoyed it, specially for the film’s attention on literature and the ever-ending question of what constitutes literature. The film is less about Ginsberg’s wild life and more about the poem and its impact.

Then just last year, there was a film adaptation of On the Road, which had a limited release and mixed reviews. Now, there is a new movie out about the Beat generation entitled Kill Your Darlings. This one looks more promising than the other recent film adaptations of the Beat writers’ lives and work. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as a young Allen Ginsberg studying at Columbia, where he met William Burroughs, played by Ben Foster, Jack Kerouac, played by Jack Huston, and other writers associated with the movement. Specifically, the film focuses on the murder investigation that involved Ginsberg, his classmate Lucien Carr, and Burroughs. So far, the movie has earned positive reviews, and it should open to wider release soon. Here is a trailer:

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About Brian Fanelli

I'm a poet, teacher, music junkie and much more. My first chapbook of poems, Front Man, was published in 2010 by Big Table Publishing. My full-length book of poems, All That Remains, was published in 2013 by Unbound Content. My latest book, Waiting for the Dead to Speak, was published in the fall of 2016 by NYQ Books. My work has also been published by The Los Angeles Times, World Literature Today, Harpur Palate, Boston Literary Magazine, Kentucky Review, Verse Daily, Spillway, Portland Review, and several other publications. My poetry has also been featured on "The Writer's Almanac" with Garrison Keillor. Currently, I teach English full-time at Lackawanna College.
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One Response to And the Beat Goes On

  1. This looks intriguing. I had heard of it, but this is the first I’ve watched the trailer. Thanks for posting this, Brian! Now I’ve got to see it.

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