Trailer: Howl

Mimi ON Feb 22, 2011 AT 4:29 pm

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HOWL starring James Franco

Howl tells the story of the poet Allen Ginsberg, put on trial for obscenity in 1957, after publishing the titular poem which made references to drug use and homosexuality (the latter of which in the 1950s was still considered taboo).

Three interwoven threads tell the story of the poet and the poem; the events which lead to the young Ginsberg finding his poetic voice, the trial itself and an animated re-imagining of the poem itself.

Genres fuse to create a beautiful evocation of the beat-poet era and a pivotal moment in the birth of counter-culture.

Watch the trailer below:

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