These are reviews of the two of the Thanksgiving Week Movies. More to come (SuperGirl, Reilly, the Ace of Spies, and Outlander).
First up, “Howl” the film was released in 2010, and we looked everywhere but couldn’t find the film. Finally, Tom found the film at our wonderful local library.
Of his poems, “Howl” is the most famous poem by Allen Ginsberg. The film rapidly intercuts creative animation, with Ginsberg talking toward the camera about his creative process, memories of his relationships with Jack Kerouac and Neil Cassidy, the young poet poking two-fingered at a typewriter figuring out his poem (he says, “I thought I’d never get published so I could write whatever I wanted”), Ginsberg reading “Howl” at a standing-room-only poetry reading, the Beat poets in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, and finally, the famous criminal trial against City Lights Bookstore and Lawrence Ferlinghetti for publishing and selling “obscenity.”
Tom lived fifteen years in North Beach, I lived five years there, and we met most of the Beat poets.
I was going to say that admitting to be a homosexual was dangerous and a shocker in the 1950s and early 1960s. Many states outlawed such behavior and sent gays and lesbians to prison. Though homosexual behavior has been legalized, it is still dangerous—witness the tragedy at Colorado Springs this past weekend.
The trial pits the prosecutor and the defending attorney against the question: “What is socially redeeming value?” and “What is literature?” The witnesses arguing for and against “Howl” were literary critics and professors of literature.
Fascinating, very creative film. Recommended for fans of Allen Ginsberg, viewers interested in the creative process, and viewers interested in the definition of literature.
The film made me appreciate Allen Ginsberg more–though I still don’t care for most of his repetitions. Tom says, “That was his style.” Fair enough.
And second is “The Gold Rush”, a PBS documentary. In 1848, San Francisco was a sleepy pueblo of eight hundred residents. Thanks to the Gold Rush, by the end of 1851—in two years—San Francisco was a bustling town of thirty thousand residents.
So many early miners made an overnight fortune in gold, that Gold Rush’s reputation spread worldwide. Asians, South Americans, Europeans, and East Coast Americans caught the “Gold Fever” and came to California for the back-breaking and leg-laming work of panning and digging for gold.
The people who made steady riches were those who supplied the miners with tools of the trade and fed them and housed them.
Many of the late-coming miners came with nothing and left with nothing, their families anxiously awaiting some money from them and also awaiting their return.
A fascinating documentary interspersed with live action, photographs, and narrations of letters. Recommended.
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