Kill Your Darlings

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Daniel Radcliffe stars as Beat Generation icon Allen Ginsberg in this biopic set during the famed poet's early years at Columbia University, and centering on a murder investigation involving Ginsberg, his handsome classmate Lucien Carr, and fellow Beat author William S. Burroughs. The year is 1944. Ginsberg Radcliffe is a young student at Columbia University when he falls hopelessly under the spell of charismatic classmate Carr Dane DeHaan. Alongside Carr, Ginsberg manages to strike up friendships with aspiring ...
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Overview

Daniel Radcliffe stars as Beat Generation icon Allen Ginsberg in this biopic set during the famed poet's early years at Columbia University, and centering on a murder investigation involving Ginsberg, his handsome classmate Lucien Carr, and fellow Beat author William S. Burroughs. The year is 1944. Ginsberg Radcliffe is a young student at Columbia University when he falls hopelessly under the spell of charismatic classmate Carr Dane DeHaan. Alongside Carr, Ginsberg manages to strike up friendships with aspiring writers William S. Burroughs Ben Foster and Jack Kerouac Jack Huston that would cast conformity to the wind, and serve as the foundation of the Beat movement. Meanwhile, an older outsider named David Kammerer falls deeply and madly in love with the impossibly cool Carr. Later, when Kammerer dies under mysterious circumstances, police arrest Kerouac, Burroughs, and Carr as potential suspects, paving the way for an investigation that would have a major impact on the lives of the three emerging artists. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kyra Sedgwick, David Cross, and Michael C. Hall co-star.
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Special Features

Commentary with Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, John Krokidas and Austin Bunn; Deleted scenes; Q&A with John Krokidas and Austin Bunn; In conversation with Daniel Radcliffe and Dan DeHaan; On the Red Carpet at the Toronto Film Festival
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
By taking on the lives of the legendary Beat writers -- Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William S. Burroughs -- in his debut feature Kill Your Darlings, director John Krokidas proves he isn't afraid to tackle big subjects or iconic historical figures. The movie opens as aspiring young poet Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) is unexpectedly accepted to Columbia University. His father Louis (David Cross), a respected poet himself, urges his son to go, even though his emotionally fragile, mentally ill mother Naomi (Jennifer Jason Leigh) can't stand the thought of him leaving. Upon arriving at the intimidating campus, Allen quickly befriends Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), a hedonistic rebel who dreams of starting a new movement that would enable these young literary lions to make a name for themselves. He shares this passion with Ginsberg and helps the new freshman navigate life in New York City's bohemian Greenwich Village -- where drugs, sex, and jazz flow unhindered. Lucien also introduces Allen to a former merchant marine named Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), whom he claims is a real writer, and William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), a wealthy young man who always wears a suit, ingests any substance that crosses his path, and excels at caustically commenting on everything in life. They soon set a plan in motion -- helped immeasurably by Ginsberg's talent, his discovery of amphetamines, and his sexual attraction to Carr -- to shake up both the school's staid traditions and the literary status quo. However, standing in Carr's way is his codependent relationship with David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall), his lover, protector, and mentor. When Carr takes drastic action to end their relationship, the budding artists find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation. Krokidas adroitly captures the moment when young talent begins to develop in a series of cascading montages that have the buzz of a speed high. The director avoids making his film an ode or hagiography to artists he obviously reveres by choosing not to focus that much on their art. These men didn't create their best or most lasting work during this period, and the screenplay avoids those painful moments that afflict so many biopics about young artists in which the movie stops to show us the Promethean moment that would later flower into their signature creations -- Ginsberg doesn't see anyone howl. Instead, Krokidas goes deep into Ginsberg's psyche. Still very much in the closet at that time, his attraction to Carr is something that makes him easily manipulated by the charismatic ringleader; their unhealthy relationship plays out in the movie's very best scene, in which the duo seduce a school librarian in order to steal a key to a display case. The performances are solid. Radcliffe dons Potter-esque glasses for the first time since leaving that character behind, and to his credit he never makes us think of his signature part -- not just because of the sex scenes, but because from the very beginning he gives Ginsberg something Harry Potter didn't develop until the end of that series: a sense of self-esteem. Ben Foster is quite funny as Burroughs; he's so dry that you could imagine him playing Truman Capote, and so offhandedly deranged that he seems like the worthy successor to Johnny Depp if anyone adapts another Hunter S. Thompson book. However, it's Hall who walks off with the film, in part because his character comes to represent the bitter truth at the heart of this story. As we learn more about the intense relationship between Kammerer and Carr -- and see Carr's inability to cope with it -- we come to realize that, for all of their talk about living a life of passion and experience, the future Beats aren't yet ready to practice what they preach. Kill Your Darlings is by no means perfect, but it's an ambitious and promising first film that gives a handful of young actors the chance to work with a director who has a great deal on his mind.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2014
  • UPC: 043396430259
  • Original Release: 2012
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: ABC
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Bonus DVD / Subtitled / 2 PACK
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 13,049

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Radcliffe Allen Ginsberg
Dane DeHaan Lucien Carr
Ben Foster William S. Burroughs
Michael C. Hall David Kammerer
Jack Huston Jack Kerouac
Elizabeth Olsen Edie Parker
Kyra Sedgwick Marian Carr - Lucien's Mother
Jennifer Jason Leigh Naomi Ginsberg
David Cross Louis Ginsberg
John Cullum Prof. Stevens
David Rasche Dean
Technical Credits
John Krokidas Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Michael Benaroya Producer
Austin Bunn Original Story, Screenwriter
Stephen H. Carter Production Designer
Alexios Chrysikos Art Director
Meghan Currier Musical Direction/Supervision
Marcelo Gandola Co-producer
Rose Ganguzza Producer
Jared Ian Goldman Executive Producer
David Hinojosa Associate Producer
Joe Jenckes Executive Producer
Brian A. Kates Editor
Pamela Koffler Executive Producer
James Lejsek Co-producer
Randy Manis Executive Producer
Reed Dawson Morano Cinematographer
Nico Muhly Score Composer
Sierra Nielsen Co-producer
Missy Papageorge Co-producer
Christopher Peterson Costumes/Costume Designer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Laura Rosenthal Casting
Stefan Sonnenfield Executive Producer
Christine Vachon Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Kill Your Darlings
1. Scene 1 [5:39]
2. Scene 2 [3:32]
3. Scene 3 [4:33]
4. Scene 4 [9:44]
5. Scene 5 [5:18]
6. Scene 6 [7:40]
7. Scene 7 [5:40]
8. Scene 8 [3:45]
9. Scene 9 [8:12]
10. Scene 10 [3:30]
11. Scene 11 [5:41]
12. Scene 12 [4:52]
13. Scene 13 [4:00]
14. Scene 14 [7:53]
15. Scene 15 [7:50]
16. Scene 16 [6:35]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Kill Your Darlings
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   Subtitles
      English
      Subtitles: Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary With Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, John Krokidas And Austin Bunn: On/Off
         Commentary With Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, John Krokidas And Austin Bunn: On
         Commentary With Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, John Krokidas And Austin Bunn: Off
      Q & A With Director/Co-Writer John Krokidas and Co-Writer Austin Bunn
      In Conversation With Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan
      On The Red Carpet At The Toronto Film Festival
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
            You Gotta Love College
            It's Our Bastille Boys!
            Do You Even Want To Be With Me?
            You Can't Run Forever
            I Thee Wed
            In The Trenches
            The Perfect Day
      Theatrical Trailer
      Previews
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    A beautiful film. I would recommend this to any fan of Daniel Ra

    A beautiful film. I would recommend this to any fan of Daniel Radcliffe or Dane Dehaan. 
    The music written by the talented Nico Muhly is subtle yet effective. The acting and cinematography will have audiences doubting the fact that all scenes were filmed within 28 days on a low budget.
    Krokidas presents this tale of love, friendship, innovation, and murder in a refreshing yet powerful unlike any other film I've seen.

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