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The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg

Director - Jerry Aronson
Run Time - 84 minutes
Language - English
Format - Digital
Year - 1993/2005
Genre - Documentary

Educational Interests- Aging, American Studies, Biographies/Profiles, Communication, Cultural Studies, Education, History (US), Jewish Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Literature, Media Studies, New Releases, Performance, Philosophy, Political Science, Sex & Sexuality

Institutional DVD Price: $295

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Visionary, radical, spiritual seeker, renowned poet, founding member of a major literary movement, champion of human rights, Buddhist, political activist and teacher—Allen Ginsberg's remarkable life shaped the very soul of American counterculture. For 25 years, Academy Award-nominated director Jerry Aronson accumulated more than 60 hours of film on Allen Ginsberg, resulting in this comprehensive portrait of one of America's greatest poets, author of "Howl" and other groundbreaking poems. "The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg" premiered at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival.

The film has been digitally remastered in 16:9 HD (pillarboxed at 4:3, the film's original aspect ratio). The DVD includes a second disc filled with exclusive and revealing interviews with his friends, family and contemporaries as well as never-before-seen materials made public because of the warm friendship that developed between subject and director. Also included are many interviews with renowned artists influenced by Ginsberg. In all, the film reveals the last 70 years of American culture beginning with the Beat era in the post-war Forties and Fifties, continuing through the revolutionary Sixties and concluding with the uncertainty and possibility of current times.

"Rich, deep and moving." - Chicago Tribune

"A remarkably clearheaded study of a complex individual." - The New York Times

"A fascinating portrait of the visionary poet."- Newsweek