Trailer: Howl

BATD ON Oct 13, 2010 AT 9:36 am

Howl

James Franco and John Hamm star in the movie Howl

James Franco is a name that seems to be on everyone’s tongues lately.  His cover for the magazine Candy created controversy and he was recently in the film Eat, Pray, Love.  His movie 127 Hours will be screening at the London Film Festival later this month but the movie we’re getting excited for his Howl.

The film is about poet Allen Ginsberg, and the obscenity trial he is faced after the publication of his poem Howl.  Madmen star John Hamm plays Ginsberg’s defence attorney who argues for freedom of speech and creative expression.

James Franco Howl

Franco plays the poet Allen Ginsberg

The Sundance Film Festival writes, “Howl, the film, recounts this dark moment using three interwoven threads: the tumultuous life events that led a young Allen Ginsberg to find his true voice as an artist, society’s reaction (the obscenity trial), and mind-expanding animation that echoes the startling originality of the poem itself.”

The movie is based on court records, interviews and the poem itself.  Watch the trailer below or click here for the movie’s official website.

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