Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 297

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[Daniel Radcliffe as the young Allen Ginsberg in “Kill Your Darlings (2013)”]

Film Friday -Remember Daniel Radcliffe‘s portrayal of Allen Ginsberg in John Krokidas‘ 2013 film, Kill Your Darlings – Krokidas’ revelations about Radcliffe’s Allen and playing a “sex scene” have been getting a bit of traction.

Krokidas:

“Growing up with queer films, there was always some sort of stigma attached to gay characters or gay sexuality, and I didn’t want the sex scene to feel like that in any way. I wanted the arc of the scene to go from nervousness to a place of pure enjoyment … Read More

Kill Your Darlings Reviews Digest 2

[E gli ippopotami si sono lessati nelle loro vasche (And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks) – 2013 Italian edition of the collaborative novel published by William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac]

Bill Goodykoontz, writing last month, in the Arizona Republic: “You wouldn’t want Kill Your Darlings” to be the only information you ever get about the Beats. But it’s a decent introduction for the uninitiated, [caveats here] and interesting enough to those who know the story”.

 

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 149

[Allen Ginsberg, Eastside Highshool Paterson NJ 1942 or 43. Ginsberg family photo/c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

[Allen Ginsberg, Mexico, 1954. c Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Jordan Larson in The Atlantic last week on that Beats-on-the-silver-screen phenomenon – “What Hollywood Gets Wrong About Jack Kerouac and The Beat Generation”. Nice to see critical eyes returning to Walter Salles’ labor of love “On The Road” – and Michael Polish’s equally reverential “Big Sur” (not to mention Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s “Howl”, with James Franco’s unforgettable performance). Larson’s primary thesis – “The current Beat revival arguably goes too far with … Read More

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Kill Your Darlings opened this week in the US. In case you missed it, Here’s Daniel Radcliffe  – on playing the role of (the young) Allen Ginsberg   (from last Sunday’s New York Daily News):

DR: “When it comes to the character I play, one of the reasons I took this particular part is that there are parts of Allen Ginsberg that I can relate to. The character we’re showing in this film is universal because we see him at a time in his life that we all can identify with. It’s somebody finding out who he is, and
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Kill Your Darlings Preview

John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings opens in the US this week (this coming Wednesday, in fact). Here’s the fourth (and final?) clip released  by Sony Pictures Classics – Allen (Daniel Radcliffe) reciting some of his early youthful verses to an entranced  Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). (Catch a glimpse, a fleeting glimpse, too, of Jack Huston in the role of the young Jack Kerouac). Here’s three more early-bird reviews (we featured three reviews in our regular “round-up” last Friday).  Erica Abeel for Film Journal International – (Kill Your Darlings is) “Far and away the best … Read More

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[Daniel Radcliffe (and John Krokidas – Radcliffe speaks on Ginsberg, Krokidas speaks on his casting of Radcliffe) – at the Venice Film Festival, September 2013]

[Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe)’s first meeting with Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) at the Columbia University South Hall (Butler) Library – scene from the upcoming “Kill Your Darlings”]  

[Dane DeHaan and Daniel Radcliffe – The Official SONY Pictures Classics trailer for the upcoming film, Kill Your Darlings]

So, to begin with the … Read More

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Introducing the Holy Litany Project. M.L.Kejara and Akina Rahman Khan hit upon the  interesting idea of perhaps updating Allen’s classic “America” for the 21st Century. They’re sending out an open call (0n Facebook) for new lines, new strophes – “We will try to emulate Ginsberg’s style..and update his work with our burning thoughts (contemporary thoughts) expressed in our own words.”…”Issues like the Zimmerman trial, environmentalism, gay marriage, legalization of marijuana, healthcare, information-privacy etc”, could, they suggest, “be best communicated by poetry, in the way that Ginsberg voiced his own frustrations (in the ’50s) in (the poem) “America”..”..”The (new)
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Kill Your Darlings – A Dissenting Voice

[Dane DeHaan plays Lucien Carr in John Krokidas’ 2013 movie, Kill Your Darling]

[Lucien Carr (1925-2005)]

Kill Your Darlings, John Krokidas’ movie that just premiered at Sundance, starring Daniel Radcliffe as Allen, has been garnishing some success. Picked up by Sony Pictures Classics for international distribution, we’re, undoubtedly, going to hear more (much more!). Nominally biographical (but not really), the movie skirts around some issues of historical accuracy – some would argue – fatally. The ethics of movie-making, the ethics of dealing with, not fabrications but real lives. Bob Rosenthal, Allen’s long-time confidant and secretary, head of … Read More

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A selection of videos are now up from Jan 16th’s NYC Housing Works Ginsberg Recordings First Blues launch. Hettie Jones (filmed here by Norman Savitt), after a little autobiographical reflection, reads “Broken Bone Blues”Ambrose Bye (accompanied by Devon Waldman – and Aliah Rosenthal on cello) performs Allen’s immortal “Gospel Noble Truths”Andy Clausen gives a rousing (as ever) reading of the “Capitol Air” lyrics, David Amram (recalls Allen and Bob Dylan and Allen’s first forays into music – he also performs his own “My Buddha Angel of Cheng Du”, accompanying himself on guitar, pennywhistles, and
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Kill Your Darlings – First Reviews

The first reviews of John Krokidas’ “Kill Your Darlings” (“Harry Potter” plays Allen Ginsberg) are in (and they’re pleasingly enthusiastic). Here’s David Rooney in The Hollywood Reporter – “This invigoratingly textured jazz riff – spliced with hallucinogenic interludes, introspective detours and moments of romantic reverie explores a formative period in Ginsberg’s life. He’s not quite the center of this story, but Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) provides its overriding point of view.” He goes on – “Krokidas and co-screenwriter Austin Bunn are less interested in the output than in the birth of the poet, at least where his first … Read More