The Beat Hotel
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1957. The Latin Quarter, Paris. A cheap no-name hotel became a haven for a new breed of artists fleeing the conformity and censorship of America. The hotel soon turned into an epicenter of Beat writing that produced some of the most important works of the Beat generation. It came to be known as the Beat Hotel. Alan Govenar's feature documentary The Beat Hotel explores this amazing place and time. -- (C) First Run Features

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Never amounts to more than a flabby piece of counterculture nostalgia."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"[Scales] new heights of inessentiality..."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"Well-edited and mildly engaging, but it barely scratches the surface of its subject matter."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Mr. Govenar's textbook history of the scene (from around 1957 to 1963) is twinklingly delivered by surviving former residents and scholarly chroniclers."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"Shocked at the negative reviews here. This is by far the best documentary on the beats."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"The Beat Hotel was but one of many domiciles, too small to possess anything but their ephemeral bodies."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"Impressionistic documentary about the temporary Parisian home of the Beat writers fails to justify its full-length running time."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Likeable documentary about a Beat Generation hotspot that makes you want to pack up your laptop and write away in some cheap garret with a shared toilet."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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