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The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation (1999)

Traces the Beats from Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac's meeting in 1944 at Columbia University to the deaths of Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs in 1997. Three actors provide dramatic ... See full summary »

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Chuck Workman

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Jack Kerouac
Dennis Hopper ... William S. Burroughs
John Turturro ... Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg ... Himself
Philip Glass ... Himself
Robert Creeley Robert Creeley ... Himself
Ann Charters Ann Charters ... Herself
George Steade George Steade ... Himself
David Amram David Amram ... Himself
William S. Burroughs ... Himself
Ed Sanders Ed Sanders ... Himself
Gregory Corso Gregory Corso ... Himself
Kyle Roderick Kyle Roderick ... Himself - Corso biographer
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Lawrence Ferlinghetti ... Himself
Ken Kesey ... Himself (archive footage)
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Traces the Beats from Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac's meeting in 1944 at Columbia University to the deaths of Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs in 1997. Three actors provide dramatic interpretations of the work of these three writers, and the film chronicles their friendships, their arrival into American consciousness, their travels, frequent parodies, Kerouac's death, and Ginsberg's politicization. Their movement connects with bebop, John Cage's music, abstract expressionism, and living theater. In recent interviews, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Kesey, Ferlinghetti, Mailer, Jerry Garcia, Tom Hayden, Gary Snyder, Ed Sanders, and others measure the Beats' meaning and impact. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fonte See more »

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Gross USA:

$362,649

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$362,649
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Filmmaker Jason Rosette appears briefly in the scene at the student center during the reading of Kerouac's "On the Road". See more »

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Frames Cutting Up Through Time Endlessly: Watching TV
7 April 2000 | by DigItSee all my reviews

No comment can make them alive again: they have gone some other place, some other time... Those crazy poets, wonderful wanderers, so human and so divine, so simple and still so far from the ordinary. They are the true spirit of the first pioneers, seeking an unknown unexplored space, inside! To have a glimpse of those gone lands, to scratch the surface of those lost moments, watch this and if you find yourself asking where those Beats have gone, you will find the answer.

The cuts are clean, the time of recollection is brought by silence, between words, between the frames. Very polite, and sincere, almost an apology. The longing remains. Can you still hit the road to enlightenment? No answer is given. And them survivors can still proclaim 'I'm still burning'. Them dead are still dead, their dry mouths wording without sound. The fire has spread, from lamp to lamp, and the trip has now some clear signs along the path. This is the witness bringing testimony to their uncommon greatness. Observe it!


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