- Produced: 2010
- Director(s): Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
- Starring: Allen Ginsberg, Jon Hamm, Treat Williams, Jeff Daniels, Bob Balaban, Aaron Tveit, Jon Prescott, Todd Rotondi, David Strathairn, James Franco, Alessandro Nivola, Mary-Louise Parker
- Language: English
- Length: 90 min.
- Rating: Not Rated
James Franco stars as gay Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in this innovative (and very gay) drama, which recreates the famous “Howl” obscenity trial of the 1950s and co-stars Jon Hamm, David Strathairn and Jeff Daniels.
It’s San Francisco in 1957, and an American masterpiece is put on trial. Howl, the film, recounts this dark moment using three interwoven threads: the tumultuous life events that led a young Allen Ginsberg to find his true voice as an artist, society’s reaction (the obscenity trial), and mind-expanding animation that echoes the startling originality of the poem itself. All three coalesce in a genre-bending hybrid that brilliantly captures a pivotal moment — the birth of a counterculture.
From the tremendously talented gay co-directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Celluloid Closet, Paragraph 175).
- COMBO DVD/BLU-RAY