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“Howl” starring James Franco as censored gay poet Allen Ginsberg opens in theaters and VOD today!

http://caffeine-headache.net/blog3/howl-poster-james-franco-gih.jpgHowl starring James Franco as poet Allen Ginsberg opens in New York and San Francisco today and in Los Angeles a week from now before a full national rollout.

The film, which opened the Outfest Film Festival over the summer, is the story of how the young poet’s seminal work broke down societal  barriers in the face of an infamous public obscenity trial Ginsberg faced after the publication of his poem, Howl. It gives Franco one of the best roles of his career.

Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Howl also boasts a very effective performance from Mad Men star Jon Hamm as the defense attorney. David Strathairn is terrific, as usual, as the prosecutor and the actors portraying the witnesses called to testify are a real all-star team that includes Jeff Daniels and Mary-Louise Parker.

I found the film riveting but have to agree with the NY Daily News critic who wrote that because the film has no clear narrative, it  “feels like one man’s fever dream.”

The film also premieres on Video On Demand today. Check your local cable company for availability.

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