In this definitive documentary, director Christopher Felver crafts a sharply wrought portrait that reveals Ferlinghetti's role as catalyst for numerous literary careers and for the Beat movement itself. Interviews with Ferlinghetti, made over the course of a decade, touch upon events that began to unfold in postwar America. These events include the publication of Allen Ginsberg's Howl, William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch, and Jack Kerouac's On the Road, as well as the divisive events of the Vietnam war and the sexual revolution. Since its inception in 1953, Ferlinghetti's City Lights Bookstore quickly became an iconic literary institution that embodied social change and literary freedom. Featuring Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Dennis Hopper, Billy Collins, Dave Eggers, Anne Waldman, Michael McClure, Amiri Baraka, Bob Dylan, Robert Scheer, and more.
- Christopher Felver
- Run Time
- 1 hour 19 minutes
This biography is often effusive in its praise, but some lives and legacies were meant for a tribute.Daniel M. Gold, New York Times, 02.07.2013
This affectionate documentary doesn't do full justice to its important subject.Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, 02.07.2013
With Americans' civil liberties under constant threat, it's comforting to know that Ferlinghetti is still with us.V.A. Musetto, New York Post, 02.07.2013
His contribution to the culture of American letters is undeniable, and City Lights -- the store and the imprint -- could well be the closest thing to a literary shrine that we possess.Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 02.08.2013