Howl – dir. Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, 2010

date: 02/08/2012 time: 21:00 place: Allianz Cinema film program: world under canvas film program: the audience poll artistic program: films

USA | 2010 | 90 min
reż|dir Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman prod|pro Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Elizabeth Redleaf, Christine K. Walker scen|wr Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman zdj|ph Edward Lachman muz|mus Carter Burwell mon|ed Jake Pushinsky ob|cast James Franco, Todd Rotondi, Jon Prescott, Aaron Tveit dys|dis Mayfly


Film based on Allen Ginsberg’s (James Franco) biography – a poet and an icon of the Beat Generation. Patchwork storyline is constructed through four plots, different in style and colour, recounting the circumstances that led to the writing of the Ginsberg’s most famous poem “Howl” and a trial against editor of “Howl” accused of spreading obscenities.

“Howl” was meant as a thorough portrayal of a controversial artist and explanation of the phenomenon of a poem whose first reading grew to be a literary breakthrough. The collection of poems it comprised moved a whole generation searching for new means of expression to suit their countercultural tastes.

Rob Epstein (1955)
An American director, screenwriter and film producer. Known mainly for his documentaries, frequently referring to homosexual minorities. Double Oscar winner to Best Documentary Feature for “The Times of Harvey Milk” (1985) and “Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt” (1990).

Jeffrey Friedman (1951)
An American director, screenwriter and film producer. Oscar laureate for „Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt” (1990) made in cooperation with Rob Epstein with whom he has been working since 1985.