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The Beat Hotel

Overview

Pay a visit to the French hotel that nurtured the creativity of the Beat generation's most prolific writers in this documentary from filmmaker Alan Govenar. As Alan Ginsberg's landmark poem Howl was being put on trial for obscenity in the United States, American writers who valued creative expression began fleeing oversees. Those writers, including such luminaries as Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso, found refuge in a run down, rue Git le Coeur hotel that would soon become the epicenter of Beat culture. Presided ...
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Overview

Pay a visit to the French hotel that nurtured the creativity of the Beat generation's most prolific writers in this documentary from filmmaker Alan Govenar. As Alan Ginsberg's landmark poem Howl was being put on trial for obscenity in the United States, American writers who valued creative expression began fleeing oversees. Those writers, including such luminaries as Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso, found refuge in a run down, rue Git le Coeur hotel that would soon become the epicenter of Beat culture. Presided over by the persevering Madame Rachou, the Paris boarding house dubbed the Beat Hotel would soon become home to William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, and Ian Somerville, among others. There, these maverick writers found the inspiration to challenge convention, and pen the poems, stories, and books that would set the literary world ablaze. As former tenants Jean-Jacques Lebel, George Whitman, and Cyclops Lester share their memories of life in the Beat Hotel, vintage photographs from photographer Harold Chapman and animated artwork by Elliot Rudie offer a vivid look at life in a community ungoverned by the rules of contemporary society.
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Special Features

Short film Harold Chapman on his photography; Short film: the dreamachine; Elliot Rudie drawings; Deleted scenes: William S. Burroughs & Ian Sommerville
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2012
  • UPC: 720229915182
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Rating:

  • Source: First Run Features
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:22:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 68,666

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kit Hussey William Burroughs
Andrew Kasten Harold Chapman
Matt Mitchell Gregory Corso
Nick Irion Ian Sommerville
Jason Kendall Cyclops
Technical Credits
Alan Govenar Director, Sound/Sound Designer
Pierre Aziza Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel M. Cavanagh Score Composer
Didier Dorant Cinematographer
Jenine Galante Makeup
Blas Garcia Animator
Daniel Cicourel Hanley Score Composer
Alan Hatchett Animator, Editor
Robert Tullier Cinematographer
Alex Wagner Sound Mixer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Beat Hotel
1. Zone of Tolerance [9:07]
2. Chapman's Photos [8:15]
3. William S. Burroughs [8:29]
4. Living Cheap [7:02]
5. Meeting Duchamp [7:41]
6. Candid Shots [6:15]
7. Naked Lunch [7:27]
8. Whitman's Bookshop [8:52]
9. Cut-Ups [11:19]
10. The Dream Machine [7:33]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Beat Hotel
   Play Feature
   Chapters
   Extras
      Short Film - Harold Chapman Discusses His Photography
      Short Film - The Dream Machine
      Deleted Scene - William S. Burroughs and Ian Sommerville
      Art Gallery - Drawings by Elliot Rudie
      About Alan Govenar
      Film Gallery
   About First Run Features
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