Ginsberg & Ferlighetti on 16 mm Film

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Artists’ Television Access and SFPL present several short films featuring Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and other literary luminaries.

USA Poetry: Allen Ginsberg & Lawrence Ferlinghetti (Richard O. Moore, 1966; 30mins.)

Upon returning home after a year spent in New York with Albert Maysles and other cutting-edge documentarians, San Francisco poet and KPFA co-founder Richard O. Moore began making dozens of cinema verite films for KQED, including the excellent 1963 James Baldwin profile Take This Hammer. In 1966 Moore directed eleven films about American poets, including this dual portrait of two San Francisco literary heroes, Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. In this film Ginsberg is seen at peak-beard in Berkeley, North Beach, and SF's Mission district after his recent expulsion from Communist-era Czechoslovakia. He recites a poem about his deportation, as well as (for the first time on film) "Howl," the poem that brought so much attention to the Beat movement a decade earlier. "Howl" publisher Ferlinghetti grabs the spotlight in this film's final section. He takes his pet Homer for a walk, strolling from his Potrero Hill home to North Beach, then stands in front of a brick wall in Chinatown and recites his own famous anti-establishment poem, “Dog.”

Related exhibition: Christopher Felver: The Imagination of American Poets, Main Library, Jewett Gallery, March 24 - June 24, 2018.

This is a Films & Videos program from SFPL. From feature films to youth-made videos, we’ve got something great to watch.

This is a Reading, Writing & Poetry program from SFPL. We love reading/sharing/creating words.

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