Howl

Allen Ginsberg: The Film Version

In dramatizing the beat poet, the experimental ‘Howl’ is a bold attempt to find a visual language for his ‘bop kabbalah’ rhythms.

09/21/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

About halfway into “Howl,” the edgy, thoughtful new docudrama by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, you begin to realize that, in his uncanny recreation of Allen Ginsberg’s speech and performance rhythms, James Franco is beginning to edge into an series of incantatory rhythms not unlike that of a chasid in the throes of ecstatic prayer.

Enlightenment on the page: James Franco as Allen Ginsberg in “Howl.”
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