Museum of American Poetics Exhibits

Beat Generation Films

The Museum of American Poetics Beat Film exhibit, launched November 2013, highlights the growing body of film associated with the Beat Generation. MAP's Beat Film exhibit catalogs primary source films about the Beat Generation, especially documentaries that are inclusive of women poets of the Beat Generation, Beat poets of color, and Beat poets across the spectrum of sexuality, class, and disability; specific works in which Beat luminaries were central actors; mass media oriented entertainment biopics, focusing on the lives of Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and Gregory Corso; as well as screenplay enactment of particular works of Beat literature.

  

 
Beats in NYC: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac & Friends
(Unknown, 1959)
1
Pull My Daisy
(Robert Frank, 1959)

The Beat Generation
(Charles Haas, 1959)
   
2
The Flower Thief
(Ron Rice, 1960)
 
2a
The Subterraneans
(Ranald MacDougall, 1960)
 
   
Couch
(Andy Warhol, 1964)
3
Wholly Communion
(Peter Whitehead, 1965)
 

USA: Poetry
(Richard Moore, 1966)
   
3a
Chappaqua
(Conrad Rooks, 1967)
 
4a
Dutchman
(Anthony Harvey, 1967)
   
   
Be-In
(Jerry Abrams, 1967)
 
Yippie
(Yippie Film Collective, 1968)
   

Me and My Brother
(Robert Frank, 1969)
 
 
Johnny Minatour
(Charles Henri Ford, 1971)
5
Fried Shoes/Cooked Diamonds
(Costanzo Allione, 1979)
 
   
The Beats: An Existential Comedy
( Philomene Long, 1980)
7
Heart Beat
(John Byrum, 1980)
 

Energy And How To Get It
(Robert Frank, 1981)
   
82
West Coast: Beat and Beyond
(Christopher Felver, 1982)

This Song for Jack
(Robert Frank, 1983)
     
Before Stonewall
(Greta Schiller & Robert Rosenberg, 1984)
    7a
What Happened to Kerouac
(Richard Lerner & Lewis MacAdams, 1986)

The Beat Generation: An American Dream
(Janet Forman & Regina Weinreich, 1987)
 
8
Naked Lunch
(David Cronenberg, 1991)
 
9
The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
(Jerry Aronson, 1993)
 
 
A Poet on the Lower East Side: A Docu-Diary on Allen Ginsberg
(Gyula Gazdag, 1997)
  10
The Last Time I Committed Suicide
(Stephen Kay, 1997)
    11
The Source
(Chuck Workman, 1999)
  12
Beat
(Gary Walkow, 2000)
 
   
  14a
The Great Sex Letter
(Peter Gallo, 2006)
 
Breaking the Rules
(Marco Muller, 2006)
  15
Words of Advice: William S. Burroughs on the Road
(Lars Movin & Steen Moller Rasmussen, 2007)
 

The Beats in India
(Asia Society, 2007)
     
    16
Neal Cassady
(Noah Buschel, 2007)

William S. Burroughs: Thee Films 1950s - 1960s
(Anthony Balch, 2008)
   
  18
Corso: The Last Beat
(Gustave Reininger, 2009)
     
    20
Howl
(Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, 2010)
    20a
William S. Burroughs:
A Man Within

(Yony Leyser, 2010)
 
21
Love Always, Carolyn
(Malin Korkeasalo & Maria Ramstrom, 2011)
   
     
 
The Poetry Deal: A Film with Diane di Prima
(Melanie La Rosa, 2011)
 

Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
(Johanna Demetrakas, 2011)
 

Spirits Desperado: The Poetry of Michael McClure
(UCTV, 2011)
   
  23
On The Road
(Walter Salles, 2012)
    23a
The Beat Hotel
(Alan Govenar, 2012)
13
Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder
(Christopher Felver, 2006/2013)
 
  24
Kill Your Darlings
(John Krokidas, 2013)
25
Big Sur
(Michael Polish, 2013)