Thursday, July 15, 2010


A trailer silently arrived recently for "Howl," a biopic that chronicles the creation of the Allen Ginsberg poem Howl and the obscenity trial that eventually followed its publication. James Franco stars as the poet and Beat legend.

The cool thing is there is a ton of "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm sprinkled in the trailer. God, how I wish he played Kerouac though.

Here’s the official synopsis for "Howl":

James Franco stars as the young Allen Ginsberg, who is still trying to find his voice. The story follows the creation of his groundbreaking poem HOWL, and the landmark obscenity trial that followed. The film also stars David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeff Daniels. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, two filmmakers best known for their documentary features "The Times of Harvey Milk" and "Paragraph 175," make their narrative feature film debut.

The AV Club has the trailer (a crappy, non-embeddable for now) which can be seen HERE.

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  1. Have you ever seen that pile of shit that passed for a movie long enough that I saw it called "beat"? this reminds me of that a little - on the other hand it could be really interesting, I've read the transcripts of the trial and the trial was interesting enough for a short film, this story is really easy to fact check so I hope that they don't "beat" it and stick with the real.

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  3. Cool trailer. I am an official Howl the poem fan, so very excited to see this pic when it hits theatres. peace...


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