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The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation


Rated: 7.5
Run time: 88 min
Director: Chuck Workman
Actors: Johnny Depp, Dennis Hopper, John Turturro, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass, Robert Creeley, Ann Charters, George Steade, David Amram, William S. Burroughs, Ed Sanders, Gregory Corso, Kyle Roderick, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Ken Kesey, Gary Snyder, Jerry Garcia, Jack Micheline, Michael McClure, Stephen Ronan, Philip Whalen, Terry Southern, Timothy Leary, Paul Krassner, Diane Di Prima, Tom Hayden, David Dellinger, John Sampas, Steve Allen, Amiri Baraka, Paul Bowles, Lenny Bruce, William F. Buckley, Mortimer Burroughs, John Cage, Neal Cassady, Shirley Clarke, Walter Cronkite, Richard J. Daley, Bob Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, Brion Gysin, Abbie Hoffman, Billie Holiday, J. Edgar Hoover, Bob Hope, Lyndon Johnson, Robert F. Kennedy, Jack Kerouac, Jan Kerouac, Martin Luther King, John Leguizamo, Norman Mailer, Steve Martin, Groucho Marx, Gilbert Millstein, Robert Motherwell, Deborah Norville, Peter Orlovsky, Stuart Perkoff, Thomas R. Peters Jr., Marlon Riggs, Henry Rollins
Year: 1999


Traces the Beats from Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac's meeting in 1944 at Columbia University to the deaths of Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs in 1997. Three actors provide dramatic interpretations of the work of these three writers, and the film chronicles their friendships, their arrival into American consciousness, their travels, frequent parodies, Kerouac's death, and Ginsberg's politicization. Their movement connects with bebop, John Cage's music, abstract expressionism, and living theater. In recent interviews, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Kesey, Ferlinghetti, Mailer, Jerry Garcia, Tom Hayden, Gary Snyder, Ed Sanders, and others measure the Beats' meaning and impact. Written by