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Howl
(DVD)

DIRECTED BY - Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman


THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HARVEY MILK filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman make an ambitious leap to narrative film with this hybrid of live-action drama and animation. HOWL divides its focus between the real-life obscenity trial of the eponymous poem by Allen Ginsberg (James Franco) and the epic poem itself, which is brought to life in animated form. This film also stars David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, Jeff Daniels, and Mary-Louise Parker.



Film Info

RUNTIME - 84 minutes

RATING - R (MPAA)

YEAR - 2010

FORMAT - DVD Region 1

COUNTRY - United States

LANGUAGE - English

SUBTITLES - English, French

ATTRIBUTES - Color, Black & White, Anamorphic

SPECIAL FEATURES (DVD Only) -

Note: James Franco in conversation with directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman - an all new feature length audio commentary

Holy! Holy! Holy! Making of Howl - featuring directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, stars James Franco, John Hamm, David Strathairn, Treat Williams, Bob Balaban, poet Anne Waldman, and others

Directors' research tapes - original interviews with Ginsberg's friends and collaborators Eric Drooker, Peter Orlovsky, Tuli Kupferberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Steven Taylor

Allen Ginsberg reads Howl - never before seen footage from a performance in 1995 at the Knitting Factory in New York

James Franco reads Howl audio feature

Allen Ginsberg reads Sunflower Sutra and Pull My Daisy - never before seen footage from a performance in 1995 at the Knitting Factory in New York

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Director

Rob Epstein

Director

Jeffrey Friedman

Producer

Rob Epstein

Producer

Jeffrey Friedman

Producer

Christine Walker

Screenwriter

Jeffrey Friedman

Screenwriter

Rob Epstein

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Press

"It's a heady flight into not just a particular poem but into the act of creativity itself, into how an artist breaks down barriers between himself and his art."

- Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter

"Intelligent and highly respectful of its central character and his titular landmark poem....It's also an intriguing hybrid of documentary, narrative and animated filmmaking..."

- Todd McCarthy, Variety

"[E]ach of HOWL's individual parts is pretty good on its terms. Franco has Ginsberg's familiar intonation and mannerisms down." -- Grade:B

 

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