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The Beat Hotel

The Beat Hotel

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1957, Paris. The Latin Quarter. A cheap no-name hotel becomes a haven for a new breed of artists struggling to free themselves from the conformity and censorship of America. Called the Beat Hotel, it soon became an epicenter of the Beat generation. Alan Govenar's new documentary delves deep into this amazing place and time. Fleeing the obscenity trials surrounding the publication of Howl, Allen Ginsberg, along with Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso, happened upon the hotel in Paris's Latin Quarter and were soon joined by William Burroughs, Ian Somerville and Brion Gysin. Run by Madame Rachou, the Beat Hotel was a hotbed of creativity and permissiveness, where Burroughs finished Naked Lunch; Ginsberg began his poem Kaddish; Somerville and Gysin invented the Dream Machine; Corso wrote some of his greatest poems; and Harold Norse wrote a novella, aptly called the Beat Hotel. British photographer Harold Chapman's iconic photos and Scottish artist Elliot Rudie's drawings, interwoven with firsthand accounts, capture the Beats just as they were beginning to establish themselves, and bring the Beat Hotel to life.

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    Title: The Beat Hotel
    Genre: Special Interest-Documentary
    Starring: Jason Kendall, Kit Hussey, Andrew Kasten, Matt Mitchell, Nick Irion
    Director: Alan Govenar
    Attributes: Widescreen
    Release Date: 7/17/2012
    Original Year: 2012
    Product Type: DVD
    Rated: NR
    Catalog #: 915182
    UPC: 720229915182
    Item #: 274878X

    Technical Information

    Street Date: 7/17/2012
    Closed Caption: No
    Run Time: 82 minutes
    Studio: First Run Features