The most interesting thing about the movie is that there is no original dialogue. The entire script comes from trial transcripts, interviews with Ginsberg, letters, the poem itself, and other sources. As we are told at the start of the film, every word in the movie was actually said by the person who is portrayed as speaking them in the movie. Cool. But it's more than a documentary or a sterile dramatization. It's pretty remarkable how well the strategy of using only actual documents works.
|The "artist" at work.|
So for this movie glutton who can do without the cultural contributions of the beat poets, this wasn't a movie for me.
Bottom line, 1 1/2 stars.