Saturday, November 10, 2007

The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg

"The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg is a 1993 film by Jerry Aronson chronicling the poet Allen Ginsberg's life from his birth and early childhood to his thoughts about death at the age of 66. The film has been completed and released a number of times due to changing technologies and world events. The first release of the film was in 1993 at the Sundance Film Festival after which it enjoyed an international festival run and USA theatrical run. At the time, Allen was still alive. When Mr. Aronson showed the film to Ginsberg, the poet is reported to have nodded his head thoughtfully and said, "So, that's Allen Ginsberg."

When Allen passed in 1997, Jerry Aronson decided to update the ending of the film to include the poet's passing, one shot of Ginsberg's headstone in New Jersey and a new recording of Paul Simon singing Allen's "New Stanzas for Amazing Grace" for closing credits.

The new DVD, released on July of 2007, includes interviews with Bono, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Johnny Depp, Hunter S. Thompson, Andy Warhol, Patti Smith, Joan Baez, Michael McClure, Norman Mailer, Amiri Baraka, Ken Kesey, William S. Burroughs, Paul McCartney, Anne Waldman and Timothy Leary - all of whom considered Allen a good friend." ~ Wikipedia

Deluxe two-disc set
Disc One:
The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
by Jerry Aronson
84 Minute Feature Documentary plus Two Hours of Extras.

Disc Two:
35 Interviews
and the 1998 New York City Memorial for Allen Ginsberg.

spiritual seeker,
renowned poet,
founding member of a major literary movement,
champion of human rights,
political activist
and teacher -

Academy Award nominated Director Jerry Aronsonspent 25 years accumulating more than 120 hours of film on Allen Ginsberg, resulting in this comprehensive portrait of one of America's greatest poets. This deluxe 2-disc DVD set contains the Director's cut of the award-winning documentary updated and re-mastered. This DVD set includes never-before-seen material and historical interviews with friends, family and contemporaries and the latest generation of artists influenced by Ginsberg. This 8 - hour compilation illuminates the last 60 years of American culture and the uncertainties and possibilities of current times.

Allen Ginsberg Official Site

The Life and Time of Alan Ginsberg Trailer