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The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation (1999)

88 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Traces the Beats from Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac's meeting in 1944 at Columbia University to the deaths of Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs in 1997. Three actors provide dramatic interpretations of the work of these three writers, ...See moreTraces the Beats from Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac's meeting in 1944 at Columbia University to the deaths of Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs in 1997. Three actors provide dramatic interpretations of the work of these three writers, and the film chronicles their friendships, their arrival into American consciousness, their travels, frequent parodies, Kerouac's death, and Ginsberg's politicization. Their movement connects with bebop, John Cage's music, abstract expressionism, and living theater. In recent interviews, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Kesey, Ferlinghetti, Mailer, Jerry Garcia, Tom Hayden, Gary Snyder, Ed Sanders, and others measure the Beats' meaning and impact. Written by See less
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Jan 23, 1999 (United States)

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Johnny Depp
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Dennis Hopper
William S. Burroughs William S. Burroughs   See fewer
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John Turturro
Allen Ginsberg Allen Ginsberg   See fewer
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Philip Glass
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Robert Creeley
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Ann Charters
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George Steade
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Gregory Corso
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Jack Micheline
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7.5 / 10 | 729 votes