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 Outtakes

[2015 update – The “out-takes” featured in this posting are no longer available on You Tube. As noted in the text here, they are available on the DVD]

Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, of course, but..

Allen (Ginsberg) visiting Lucien (Carr) in prison. ( “What’s it like out there?”), one of several deleted scenes now available on the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release of John Krokidas‘  Kill Your Darlings.(For previous Ginsberg Project postings on Kill Your Darlings, see here, here, here and here (not forgetting, here).Here’s another clip –  homophobia, sexism and racism in Columbia in the (19)50’s (“slicing up … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 155

Kill Your Darlings (we hadn’t actually mentioned it for a couple of weeks!) opens in the UK and Ireland today (It opened in Australia yesterday). We’d draw your attention, if you missed them, to a few of our early postings – here, here and here – but, also, importantly, here and here.   (and, in case you missed it – yesterday’s posting).

Daniel Radcliffe is interviewed (by Simon Mayo on BBC radio) on playing Allen Ginsberg and on working with director, John Krokidas – here. That interview contains the following exchange:

SM: Is it true that you’re a … 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 – 152

Jean Jacques Lebel’s Beat exhibit (extended in Metz) now comes to Budapest, Hungary, to the Ludwig Contemporary Art Museum (it opened just last week, and will run there until January 12). Here‘s a variety of Hungarian artists, in individual videos, extolling the Beat ethos (it’s all in Hungarian, but for those of you who speak Hungarian…) – musician and tv personality, Varga Livius, poet-rapper, Peter Zavada, poets Tibor Babiczky and Karafiath Orsolya, and DJ Erelyi “Superman” Zsolt  (Lebel’s own introduction to his “jungle”, as he calls it (see above), a helpful survey of the show, (advance

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Scraps & Gleanings – A Sunday Miscellany

 

It’s the Year of the Ginz! – didn’t you know it? – According to France’s Liberation – “Après l’année Kerouac, en 2012, c’est au tour d’Allen Ginsberg d’être honoré comme symbole d’une jeunesse en rébellion contre les mœurs de l’american dream puritain“. (Following the Year of Kerouac in 2012, it is the turn of Allen Ginsberg to be honored as the symbol of youth in revolt against the manners of the puritanical “American Dream””)  Liberation notes the extension of Jean Jacques Lebel’s multi-media Ginsberg extravaganza at the Pompidou Center in Metz, through to the beginning of next year. Beat movies

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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

KYD Reviews Digest

John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings, opening this week in the US, has, presumably inevitably, given the casting  (Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg), garnered a welter of publicity, some of which we’ve already featured, but plenty of which we haven’t. So this weekend on the AGP (the Allen Ginsberg Project), a Kill Your Darlings Reviews Digest, starting with.. A.O.Scott in the New York Times – “Long before Allen Ginsberg became the benevolent bearded Buddha of the counterculture – and one of the most beloved American poets – he was a skinny anxious Columbia freshman who fell in with a … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 148

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