The Resource Howl, Oscilloscope Laboratories ; a Werc Werk Works production ; in association with Telling Pictures and Rabbit Bandini Productions ; a Rob Epstein/Jeffrey Friedman film ; written for the screen and directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman ; produced by Elizabeth Redleaf, Christine Kunewa Walker, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, (videorecording)

Howl, Oscilloscope Laboratories ; a Werc Werk Works production ; in association with Telling Pictures and Rabbit Bandini Productions ; a Rob Epstein/Jeffrey Friedman film ; written for the screen and directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman ; produced by Elizabeth Redleaf, Christine Kunewa Walker, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, (videorecording)

Label
Howl
Title
Howl
Statement of responsibility
Oscilloscope Laboratories ; a Werc Werk Works production ; in association with Telling Pictures and Rabbit Bandini Productions ; a Rob Epstein/Jeffrey Friedman film ; written for the screen and directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman ; produced by Elizabeth Redleaf, Christine Kunewa Walker, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Creator
Contributor
Actor
Screenwriter
Composer
Director
Producer
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
"Every word in this film was spoken by the actual people portrayed. In that sense this film is like a documentary. In every other sense, it is different"--Title screen. In 1957, in San Francisco, poet Allen Ginsberg has just published "Howl." This distinctive work immediately generates a great deal of controversy. Publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti has been sued on charges of obscenity, as many feel the poem is simply too explicit for publication (it contains strong language and frank references to homosexuality). When prosecutor Ralph McIntosh and defender Jake Ehrlich go head to head in front of Judge Clayton Horn, freedom of expression hangs in the balance. For the author, filled with the heady joy of poetic success, the trial demands the courage of being Allen Ginsberg--himself
Related
Cataloging source
TEFMT
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
Director of photography, Ed Lachman ; production designer, Thaeraese Deprez ; editor, Jake Pushinsky ; costume designers, Kurt and Bart ; music, Carter Burwell ; animation designed by Eric Drooker
Dewey number
791.43/72
Intended audience
MPAA rating: Rated R for strong sexual content including language and images, and some drug material
Language note
In English with optional subtitles in English or French
LC call number
PN1997.2
LC item number
.H695 2010
PerformerNote
James Franco (Allen Ginsberg), David Strathairn (Ralph McIntosh), Jon Hamm (Jake Ehrlich), Bob Balaban (Judge Clayton Horn), Alessandro Nivola (Luther Nichols), Treat Williams (Mark Schorer), Mary-Louise Parker (Gail Potter), Jeff Daniels (David Kirk)
Runtime
84
Technique
live action
Label
Howl, Oscilloscope Laboratories ; a Werc Werk Works production ; in association with Telling Pictures and Rabbit Bandini Productions ; a Rob Epstein/Jeffrey Friedman film ; written for the screen and directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman ; produced by Elizabeth Redleaf, Christine Kunewa Walker, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, (videorecording)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Composed from court records, interviews, and "Howl" by Allen Ginsberg; animation inspired by "Illuminated Poems" by Allen Ginsberg and Eric Drooker
  • Videodisc release of the 2010 motion picture
  • Bonus features: Audio commentary with James Franco, Rob Epstein, and Jeffrey Friedman [audio feature]; Holy! Holy! Holy!: The making of "Howl" [featurette] (40 min.); Director's research tapes-interviews with Ginsberg's close friends and collaborators [featurette] (20 min.); Allen Ginsberg reads "Howl" at the Knitting Factory [featurette] (26 min.); James Franco reads "Howl" [audio feature] (25 min.); Oscilloscope releases [previews] (4 min.)
Color
mixed
Configuration of playback channels
mixed
Contents
1955 San Francisco -- "Howl" -- Jack Kerouac -- Your muse -- Institutions -- Neal Cassady -- "A howl of pain" -- Prophecy -- Meeting Peter -- Moloch -- "Dadaist persuasion" -- Closing arguments -- Obscene? -- "Holy, holy, holy" -- Epilogue -- End credits
Control code
ocn671816079
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Edition
Widescreen.
Extent
1 videodisc (84 min.)
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
  • 896602002265
  • 00896602002265
Other physical details
sd., col. with b&w sequences
Publisher number
  • OSC-026
  • OSC 26
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)671816079
System details
DVD; Region 0 (All), NTSC; Dolby digital stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround; widescreen presentation, 1.85:1 aspect ratio
Video recording format
DVD
Label
Howl, Oscilloscope Laboratories ; a Werc Werk Works production ; in association with Telling Pictures and Rabbit Bandini Productions ; a Rob Epstein/Jeffrey Friedman film ; written for the screen and directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman ; produced by Elizabeth Redleaf, Christine Kunewa Walker, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, (videorecording)
Publication
Note
  • Composed from court records, interviews, and "Howl" by Allen Ginsberg; animation inspired by "Illuminated Poems" by Allen Ginsberg and Eric Drooker
  • Videodisc release of the 2010 motion picture
  • Bonus features: Audio commentary with James Franco, Rob Epstein, and Jeffrey Friedman [audio feature]; Holy! Holy! Holy!: The making of "Howl" [featurette] (40 min.); Director's research tapes-interviews with Ginsberg's close friends and collaborators [featurette] (20 min.); Allen Ginsberg reads "Howl" at the Knitting Factory [featurette] (26 min.); James Franco reads "Howl" [audio feature] (25 min.); Oscilloscope releases [previews] (4 min.)
Color
mixed
Configuration of playback channels
mixed
Contents
1955 San Francisco -- "Howl" -- Jack Kerouac -- Your muse -- Institutions -- Neal Cassady -- "A howl of pain" -- Prophecy -- Meeting Peter -- Moloch -- "Dadaist persuasion" -- Closing arguments -- Obscene? -- "Holy, holy, holy" -- Epilogue -- End credits
Control code
ocn671816079
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Edition
Widescreen.
Extent
1 videodisc (84 min.)
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
  • 896602002265
  • 00896602002265
Other physical details
sd., col. with b&w sequences
Publisher number
  • OSC-026
  • OSC 26
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)671816079
System details
DVD; Region 0 (All), NTSC; Dolby digital stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround; widescreen presentation, 1.85:1 aspect ratio
Video recording format
DVD

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