It's San Francisco in 1957, and an American masterpiece is put on trial. Howl, the film, recounts this dark moment using three interwoven threads: the tumultuous life events that led a young Allen Ginsberg to find his true voice as an artist, society's reaction (the obscenity trial), and mind-expanding animation that echoes the startling originality of the poem itself. All three coalesce in a genre-bending hybrid that brilliantly captures a pivotal moment-the birth of a counterculture.
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|James Franco||Allen Ginsberg|
|Jon Hamm||Jake Ehrlich|
|Mary-Louise Parker||Gail Potter|
|Treat Williams||Mark Schorer|
|Jeff Daniels||Professor David Kirk|
|David Strathairn||Ralph McIntosh|
|Alessandro Nivola||Luther Nichols|
|Aaron Tveit||Peter Orlovsky|
|Bob Balaban||Judge Clayton Horn|
|Sean Patrick Reilly||Six Gallery|
|Jon Prescott||Neal Cassady|
|Todd Rotondi||Jack Kerouac|
|Alex Emanuel||Six Gallery|
|Cecilia Foss||Beatnik Poet|