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Studio Oscilloscope Pictures
SKU 217550898
UPC 896602002265
UPC 14 00896602002265
Format DVD
Release Date 1/4/2011
Rating Rating
True Story
Editors Note
Note 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.
Hollywood Reporter "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." 01/21/2010
Variety "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..." 01/21/2010
A.V. Club "[E]ach of HOWL's individual parts is pretty good on its terms. Franco has Ginsberg's familiar intonation and mannerisms down." -- Grade:B 09/23/2010
New York Times "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." 09/24/2010
Movieline "[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." 09/22/2010
Los Angeles Times "[T]he film of HOWL, like its source material, is undeniably brave, committed and inventive." 10/01/2010
Chicago Sun-Times 3 stars out of 4 -- "The film is above all about HOWL the poem. Ginsberg, played by James Franco with restraint and care, reads it as smoke fills a 1955 coffeehouse." 09/29/2010
Washington Post 3 stars out of 4 -- "James Franco delivers an impressive, beguilingly sensitive performance as the poet and Beat Generation avatar Allen Ginsberg in HOWL." 10/29/2010
Empire 3 stars out of 5 -- "The strongest strand is Franco's touching portrayal of the early years in '50s New York. He channels Ginsberg with deftness and sympathy..." 03/01/2011
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he hippest thing about HOWL is the way it conveys one poem's electrifying impact on its generation. You'll wish you could've been there to hear it yourself." 04/01/2011
Rob Epstein
Jeffrey Friedman
James Franco
David Strathairn
Jon Hamm
Cast & Crew
James Franco - Star
David Strathairn - Star
Jon Hamm - Star
Bob Balaban - Star
Jeff Daniels - Star
Mary-Louise Parker - Star
Alessandro Nivola - Star
Jon Prescott - Star
Todd Rotondi - Star
Aaron Tveit - Star
Rob Epstein - Screenwriter
Jeffrey Friedman - Screenwriter
Rob Epstein - Producer
Jeffrey Friedman - Producer
Elizabeth Redleaf - Executive Producer
Elizabeth Redleaf - Producer
Christine Walker - Producer
Gus Van Sant - Executive Producer
Jawal Nga - Executive Producer
Ed Lachman - Director of Photography
Rob Epstein - Director
Jeffrey Friedman - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00896602002265
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 84 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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