September 24, 2010
Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories
Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
MPAA Rating: R (for strong sexual content including language and images, and for some drug material)
Screenwriters: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Starring: James Franco, Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker, Treat Williams, Bob Balaban, Jon Hamm, David Strathairn, Alessandro Nivola
Copyright Holder: N/A
Starring James Franco in a career-defining performance as Allen Ginsberg, "Howl" is the story of how the young poet's seminal work broke down societal barriers in the face of an infamous public obscenity trial. In his famously confessional style, Ginsberg – poet, counter-culture icon, and chronicler of the Beat Generation – recounts the road trips, love affairs, and search for personal liberation that led to "Howl," the most timeless work of his career. "Howl" interweaves three stories: the unfolding of the landmark 1957 obscenity trial; an imaginative animated ride through the prophetic masterpiece; and a unique portrait of a man who found new ways to express himself, and in doing so, changed his own life and galvanized a generation.