The Beat Hotel (2012)

Beat Hotel
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 22mins.
Genres Drama, Documentary, Historical, Biopic
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Kit Hussey Actor William Burroughs 1 1000001
Andrew Kasten Actor Harold Chapman 1 1000002
Matt Mitchell Actor Gregory Corso 1 1000003
Nick Irion Actor Ian Sommerville 1 1000004
Alan Govenar Director n/a 2 2000001
Alan Hatchett Director (Dramatic reenactments) 2 2000002
Didier Dorant Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Bob Tullier Cinematographer n/a 402 6000002
Alan Hatchett Editor n/a 172 7000001
Daniel M. Cavanagh Original Music n/a 120838 8000001
Daniel Cicourel Hanley Original Music n/a 120838 8000002
Synopsis
An exploration into the legacy of the American Beats in Paris during the heady years between 1957 and 1963, when Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso fled the obscenity trials in the United States surrounding the publication of Ginsberg's poem Howl. They took refuge in a cheap no-name hotel they had heard about at 9, Rue Git le Coeur and were soon joined by William Burroughs, Ian Somerville, Brion Gysin, and others from England and elsewhere in Europe, seeking out the "freedom" that the Latin Quarter of Paris might provide. The Beat Hotel, as it came to be called, was a sanctuary of creativity, but was also, as British photographer Harold Chapman recalls, "an entire community of complete oddballs, bizarre, strange people, poets, writers, artists, musicians, pimps, prostitutes, policemen, and everybody you could imagine."