3.5

Howl

Biography Drama


 

It's San Francisco in 1957, and an American masterpiece, Allen Ginsberg's Howl, is put on trial.

Real transcripts of an interview with the poet, his epic poem, and his publishers obscenity trial are all threaded together and linked with clever CGI to create "Howl". Censorship and freedom of speech are perennially rich themes but aren't allowed to become pretentious as the work is dissected by lawyers and academics. This is an intellectual and engrossing look at the voice of a discontent generation, and the movie perfectly captures the mood of the time with howls of rage, passion and despair. Uninhibited baying with delight.

Anne Murphy

Limited Release 10th March 2011
84 mins