Sunday, 6 March 2011

Angelheaded Hipsters

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Yesterday I went to see the film Howl. Growing up I had been obsessed with the "Beat Generation". As much as I loved reading Kerouac's On the Road, it was really the lives of these characters I was most interested in. Sitting around cafes drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes, reading poetry, listening to jazz, wearing any colour clothing as long as it was black. It all seemed very cool to me. A Beatnik I would love to have been.

So I was interested to find out more about the life of Allen Ginsberg, poet and friend of Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. The film was based on the poem Howl and how it was made famous by an obscenity lawsuit. Set around 1955, it was the styling of the film that kept me hooked, more so than the clever animation and even the storyline. These stills from the film are magnificent photographs in their own right.

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17 comments:

  1. Funny you should mention this as I've been meaning to watch this for the past couple weeks now since I found out about it!

    I'm a big fan of the Beat writers (and James Franco) I studied them at uni and even wore stripey jumpers and berets to my lectures LOL!

    Howl is my fave poem I remember when I first read it it was unlike anything I'd ever seen before <3

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  2. Ooh, I definitely want to see this! Think I might have to persuade my mum to go with me, she's the only person I can think of that would actually enjoy it as much as me!

    I definitely went through the teenage (well, early 20s, I was late!) fixation with the Beat poets, I love Ginsberg, but Gergory Corso was my favourite.

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  3. Yay for Beatnik!! Love On The Road too! Must check out this film. LOVE the colours in that penultimate image. Gorgeous.

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  4. very interesting post and very inspiring blog in general

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  5. Ooh I'm adding this to my 'to watch' list!

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  6. I love James Franco, he is such a talented man and this film is a must-see for me. The stills are beautiful!

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  7. The stills look very cool and if I ever find the spare time I'll make sure I'll watch it ;-) Thanks for your comment and "belated wishes", they made me smile xo

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  8. Would love to see this, thanks for sharing

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  9. Oh I need to see this. It looks like such a beautiful film. So many films I need to see at the cinema lately...

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  10. cute post, I like the mix of screenshot! I never heard of the film but it makes me want to see it actually ^^ thanks for sharing

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  11. Amazing stills from the movie! It sounds very interesting too.

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  12. I've not heard of this movie yet. Now I'm definitely adding it to my must watch list:)

    xx

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  13. Oooh, I love James F.

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  14. Bygone chic. You are the best to present it. I admire how thorough you are in your sartorial style. Seems so natural. So you.

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  15. I should've been a beatnik too. I haven't seen this film yet, it's stuck somewhere in the depths of my Netflix queue!

    Olive

    www.VisforOlive.blogspot.com

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  16. Ohhh i'm sold! Have a weakness for kerouac and crew...and the styling and cinematography looks perfect
    x

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  17. Ooo I must see this, James Franco is so dish!

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