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Howl [Blu-ray/DVD]

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  • Blu-ray/DVD
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  • THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HARVEY MILK filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman make an ambitious leap to narrative film with this hybrid of live-action drama and animation. HOWL divides its focus between the real-life obscenity trial of the eponymous poem by Allen Ginsberg (James Franco) and the epic poem itself, which is brought to life in animated form. This film also stars David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, Jeff Daniels, and Mary-Louise Parker.
  • Credits
    James Franco, David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, Bob Balaban, Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker, Mary, Louise Parker, Alessandro Nivola, Jon Prescott, Todd Rotondi
  • Critic Reviews
    "It's a heady flight into not just a particular poem but into the act of creativity itself, into how an artist breaks down barriers between himself and his art."
    Hollywood Reporter

    "Intelligent and highly respectful of its central character and his titular landmark poem....It's also an intriguing hybrid of documentary, narrative and animated filmmaking..."

    "[E]ach of HOWL's individual parts is pretty good on its terms. Franco has Ginsberg's familiar intonation and mannerisms down." -- Grade:B
    A.V. Club

    "HOWL does something that sounds simple until you consider how rarely it occurs in films of any kind. It takes a familiar, celebrated piece of writing and makes it come alive."
    New York Times

    "[T]he directors' aim is true and occasionally hits its mark. Epstein and Friedman fuse elements of documentary, feature filmmaking, and animation to home in on how Ginsberg wrote HOWL, and why it made him famous."

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