Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg had no intention of taking the stage alone at San Francisco's Six Gallery on Oct. 7, 1955, but was left to represent the nascent Beat Generation when novelists Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs ... Read more »
Born: 06/03/1926 in Newark, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (50)

Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Parker 2013 (Movie)

Vacationing Woman (Actor)

Howl 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Ned Rorem: Word and Music 2008 (Movie)

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New York in the Fifties 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Condo Painting 2000 (Movie)

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Sleep in a Nest of Flames 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Cold War 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Let It Come Down: the Life of Paul Bowles 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Source 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Me and My Brother 1998 (Movie)

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Poetry Heaven 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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U2: A Year in Pop 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Rock & Roll 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The United States of Poetry 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Jonas in the Desert 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Paul Bowles: The Complete Outsider 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Road Scholar 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Allen Ginsberg 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol 1991 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Berkeley in the Sixties 1990 (Movie)

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Broadway: The Great White Way 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Silence = Death 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Growing Up in America 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Heavy Petting 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Sgt. Pepper: It Was Twenty Years Ago Today 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Ten For Two 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Voices & Visions 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Before Stonewall 1986 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Beat Generation - An American Dream 1986 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

It Don't Pay to Be an Honest Citizen 1985 (Movie)

Sidney--the Lawyer (Actor)

What Happened to Kerouac? 1984 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Burroughs 1982 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Poetry in Motion 1981 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Mahagonny 1979 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The War at Home 1978 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Renaldo & Clara 1976 (Movie)

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Diaries, Notes and Sketches 1968 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Chappaqua 1965 (Movie)

Messiah (Actor)

Couch 1963 (Movie)

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Song of the Open Road (Movie)

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Music (3)

Beginners 2011 (Movie)

("Howl") (Song Performer)

Beginners 2011 (Movie)

("Howl") (Song)

Ten For Two 1988 (Movie)

("Dear John Sinclair") (Song Performer)
Writer (2)

Me and My Brother 1998 (Movie)

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An Autumn Wind 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg 1994 (Movie)

photographs (Photography)
Other (1)

An Autumn Wind 1992 (Movie)

from poetry (Other)

Biography

Allen Ginsberg had no intention of taking the stage alone at San Francisco's Six Gallery on Oct. 7, 1955, but was left to represent the nascent Beat Generation when novelists Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs declined the invitation. Ginsberg's incantatory reading of his epic poem "Howl" was swiftly recognized as a milestone in the development of America's first native literary movement. Published in 1956, the poem's nonjudgmental allusions to drug use and homosexuality sparked a 1957 obscenity trial, while its critical perspective on postwar conformity earned it a spot in the Beat trinity alongside Kerouac's 1957 bestseller On the Road and Burroughs' hallucinatory 1959 novel Naked Lunch. As famous for his politics and lifestyle as for his verse, Ginsberg was a pioneer champion of gay rights and the legalization of marijuana, while in Communist countries he stumped for free speech. An intimate of Bob Dylan and the Beatles, Ginsberg drew sell-out crowds to his readings while becoming the poet laureate of the marginalized and alienated. Although he appeared in a number of motion pictures, including Robert Frank's short "Pull My Daisy" (1959) and Dylan's three-hour "Renaldo and Clara" (1978), Ginsberg's true medium remained poetry, to which he brought the mesmeric qualities of rabbi, yogi and revival tent preacher. At the time of his death in 1997, Ginsberg was recognized as an important link between the Beats, the Hippies, punk rock and grunge, and was eulogized as possibly the greatest American poet of the second half of the 20th Century.

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