Beats, beatniks, and beat movies (3)

Beats, beatniks, and beat movies (3)

Salles and Rivera deserve applause for simply getting the picture finished, and their adaptation is moderately true to the novel’s basic structure, following Sal (Sam Riley) and Dean (Garrett Hedlund) on a series of journeys, stopovers, and visits that take them to such far-flung locations as Denver, San Francisco, North Carolina, a California cotton field, […]

Beats, beatniks, and beat movies (2)

Beats, beatniks, and beat movies (2)

┬áThe films also add up to a fragmented docudrama about the edgy period after World War II, when life was changing fast in what was now the strongest, most prosperous power in the world. Americans surged into an economic boom fueled by everything from the Marshall Plan overseas to television advertising at home, where consumers […]

Beats, beatniks, and beat movies (1)

Beats, beatniks, and beat movies (1)

After decades of neglect, the Beat Generation is suddenly a hot topic for filmmakers. The recent wave of Beat movies started in 2010 with Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Howl, about the obscenity trial inflicted on Allen Ginsberg’s great poem a year after it was published in 1956. The long-awaited screen version of Jack Kerouac’s […]