By Jack Sargeant
Celebrating the celluloid expression of the Beat spiritarguably the main sustained legacy in U.S. countercultureNaked Lens is a complete research of the main major interfaces among the Beat writers, Beat tradition, and cinema. bare Lens positive aspects key Beat avid gamers and their collaborators, together with William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, Brion Gysin, Antony Balch, Ron Rice, John Cassavetes, Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, Klaus Maeck, and Gus van Sant.As good as analyzing sincerely Beat-inspired movies comparable to Pull My Daisy, Chappaqua, and The Flower Thief, Jack Sargeant discusses cinéma vérité and function motion pictures (Shadows and fully Communion), B-movies (The Subterraneans and Roger Corman’s Bucket of Blood), and Hollywood diversifications (Heart Beat and Barfly).The moment half the ebook is dedicated to an intensive research of the flicks in relation to William Burroughs, from Antony Balch’s Towers Open hearth to David Cronenberg’s bare Lunch. This booklet additionally includes the final ever interview with author Allen Ginsberg, recorded 3 months sooner than his loss of life in April 1997.
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