Thursday, July 2, 2009

A celluloid "Howl"

It's springtime in New York's West Village, where a former boutique on Hudson Street has been transformed into a replica of Six Gallery, the former hot spot on Fillmore Street where the Beat movement caught fire in 1955 when Allen Ginsberg unleashed his groundbreaking poem "Howl".
Waiting quietly to go on camera is James Franco, who portrays the famed poet in Howl, the genre-bending motion picture filmed here over three weeks in March. Due for release early next year, the film will include scripted scenes, verbatim sequences from the obscenity trial that could have landed the poem's publisher, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, in jail, and an animation sequence by Berkeley's Eric Drooker, best known for his New Yorker covers. Read the full review from San Francisco Magazine.

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