NY Timeout - Howl Review

NY Timeout - Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s mostly whiffed docudrama makes the influential poem by Allen Ginsberg (Franco) seem dull, ordinary, pedestrian instead of pioneering. The film crosscuts between the first reading of Howl at San Francisco’s Six Gallery in 1955; the obscenity trial that resulted from its publication; a mock interview in which the writer recalls pertinent moments in his life, such as his relationship with Peter Orlovsky (Aaron Tveit); and some animated sequences that visualize the four-part composition.

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