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|CONEY ISLAND OF LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI, THE (director/writer: Christopher Felver; cinematographer: Christopher Felver; editor: Marilla Pearsall; music: Rick Depofi; cast: Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Kenneth Rexroth, George Whitman; Runtime: 60; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Christopher Felver; Mystic Fire Video; 1996)|
film for introducing
the younger generations to the
renown poet and also for the older generations, who
might have lost
track of Ferlinghetti in the ensuing years."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
It's always interesting to see how what once was perceived as hip no longer is with the passing of time, such as the now older beat poets featured in this doc unable to shock us any more. This earnest tribute documentary to the Beat Generation and Lawrence Ferlinghetti is directed with reverence to its subjects by Christopher Felver. There's no counter argument to all the praise heaped on the amiable poet, famous for owning San Francisco's dissident poetry bookshop City lights (opened in 1953) and for his 1958 poem A Coney Island of the Mind.
The gist of the film
is the staunch anarchist Ferlinghetti
taking us a tour of his
life and pointing out how this son of an Italian
immigrant, whose dad
died before he was born in Yonkers, entrenched himself as one
of the leading
figures in beat poetry during the 1950s and used his
publish such radical poetry books as Allen Ginsberg's
Howl, which was
initially banned, and befriended the likes of Kenneth
Rexroth (one of
my favorite poets, and one of the most influential of
the times), Neal
Cassady and Jack Kerouac. Now in his seventies,
is honored in his North Beach section of San Francisco
by having a
street named after him.
A fine film for introducing the younger generations
the renown poet and also for the older generations,
who might have
lost track of Ferlinghetti in the ensuing
REVIEWED ON 7/22/2010 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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