|Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder
A film by Christopher Felver
79 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2010
This incisive and entertaining portrait of American poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti explores his vital role as catalyst for numerous literary careers and for the Beat movement itself. Interviews with Ferlinghetti and others reveal a rich mélange of characters and events that unfolded in postwar America, including the publication of Allen Ginsberg's Howl, William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch, and Jack Kerouac's On the Road. In 1953 Ferlinghetti opened City Lights Bookstore, which quickly evolved into an iconic institution symbolizing social change and literary freedom. Six decades later, it is still going.
Featuring Lawrence Ferlinghetti; Allen Ginsberg; Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Snyder; Dennis Hopper; former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins; Dave Eggers; Anne Waldman; Obie Award winner Michael McClure; PEN Open Book Award winner Amiri Baraka; Bob Dylan & more.
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"Rousing! A wide-ranging knockabout jamboree." - Christian Science Monitor
"He was not just present at the creation of the Beat Generation, he was also one of its midwives." - The New York Times
"A pleasure." - The Village Voice
"Refreshing and revealing." - This Week in New York
"A thoughtful, vividly shot film...set against the turbulent background of post-war America and the rise of beat culture." - Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States (2001-2003)
See details about this film's theatrical run.
"The Poet Who Brought You Some Freedom of Speech" Huffington Post, 2/4/13
"Five Questions with Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of WonderDirector Christopher Felver" Filmmaker Magazine, 2/5/13
● Ferlinghetti reads his poem "The History of the Airplane"