The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
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The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
Visionary, radical, spiritual seeker, renowned poet, founding member of a major literary movement, champion of human rights, Buddhist, political activist and teacher-Allen Ginsberg's remarkable life shaped the very soul of American counterculture. For 25 years, Academy Award (R)-nominated director Jerry Aronson accumulated more than 120 hours of film on Allen Ginsberg, resulting in this comprehensive portrait of one of America's greatest poets, author of Howl and other groundbreaking poems. The DVD includes exclusive and revealing interviews with his friends, family and contemporaries… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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"While it doesn't expose new sides of this familiar intellectual icon, it provides us generous views of the man in action."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"For this double-disc DVD release, director Aronson has assembled a wealth of extra footage, much of it more interesting and revealing than the movie itself."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Not the last word on the noted Jewish poet: Considering Ginsberg's flamboyant and complex personality and the intriguing writers-artists in his life, Jerry Aronson's documentary is disappointingly conventional."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"By illuminating the transitory but resonant nature of his life and work, The Life and Time of Allen Ginsberg presents a thoughtful, overdue appreciation."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"There's little here for those who know the story."
‑ Darren Reidy, Village Voice
"Worth seeing for all the memories of cultural changes it evokes."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Exactly what its sardonic, trail-blazing, brilliant subject was not: square."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"His readings of his own work are especially thoughtful, moving, and provocative in the best possible ways."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Commentators who couldn't take flower power or Buddhist chants or even poetry seriously were doomed to underestimate (Ginsberg's) resolve time and again."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Comprehensive bio-pic of the Beat Generation poet best remembered for 'Howl' the epic poem which opens with the immortal line, 'I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.' Cool, Daddy-O!"
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"A lot of the information is redundant and the pacing is quite leisurely, to put it mildly."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"A must-see movie for anyone with an interest in modern poetry generally or in Ginsberg specifically."
‑ Ray Greene, Boxoffice Magazine
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