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Trailer for the docudrama Howl starring James Franco is now online

07.15.2010

HOWL, the docudrama from directors Rob Epstein (THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK) and Jeffrey Friedman (THE CELLULOID CLOSET) and starring James Franco as poet and leading Beat Generation figure Allen Ginsberg, focuses on the man's seminal work, "Howl", and the subsequent obscenity trial it ushered which would eventually lay the groundwork for the liberalization of publishings in the US.

Our own Chris Bumbray wasn't particularly taken with the film when he saw it at Sundance earlier this year (word-of-mouth has been pretty mixed), but perhaps the trailer below will entice otherwise?

HOWL opens September 24th.

Synopsis: It's San Francisco in 1957, and an American masterpiece is put on trial. Howl, the film, recounts this dark moment using three interwoven threads: the tumultuous life events that led a young Allen Ginsberg to find his true voice as an artist, society's reaction (the obscenity trial), and mind-expanding animation that echoes the startling originality of the poem itself. All three coalesce in a genre-bending hybrid that brilliantly captures a pivotal moment - the birth of a counterculture.

Extra Tidbit: Comedian David Cross, in a stroke of genius casting, briefly appeared as Allen Ginsberg in 2007's off-beat Bob Dylan film I'M NOT THERE.
Source: The A.V. Club

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