An Elegy for Allen Ginsberg – (USA, 2006)


No more to say & Nothing to weep for – An Elegy for Allen Ginsberg

(Nu mai este nimic altceva de spus & nimic după care să plângi – O elegie pentru Allen Ginsberg)

CoverWitness the last days of the Beat poet whose works would capture the very essence of the 1960 counter-cultural movement in an informative documentary featuring Allan Ginsburg’s final television interview as well as remarkable deathbed footage shot by underground cinema icon Jonas Mekas. In addition to candid discussions about everything from Ginsburg’s personal life to his literary career, home movie footage of the Howl author as a child and archive footage allow contemporary fans to witness such landmark moments as his 1965 reading at Royal Albert Hall and chanting at the 1968 Democratic Convention. Previously unreleased footage of Ginsburg performing with Paul McCartney is also included, as are interviews with Dick Cavett and William Buckley, and the heartfelt memorial service in which Patti Smith bid her old friend a particularly poignant farewell. In the final sequence, Ginsburg invites filmmaker Mekas to his New York loft as he lies on his deathbed and prepares to embark on the ultimate adventure.

Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, poets, New York, December 30, 1963Portrait of Allen Ginsberg, December 19635147Allen Ginsberg Naked Holding Stick on Beach

 

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