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The Source (1999)

01/01/1999 (IT) Documentary 1h 28m
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Traces the Beats from Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac's meeting in 1944 at Columbia University to the deaths of Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs in 1997. Three actors provide dramatic interpretations of the work of these three writers, and the film chronicles their friendships, their arrival into American consciousness, their travels, frequent parodies, Kerouac's death, and Ginsberg's politicization. Their movement connects with bebop, John Cage's music, abstract expressionism, and living theater. In recent interviews, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Kesey, Ferlinghetti, Mailer, Jerry Garcia, Tom Hayden, Gary Snyder, Ed Sanders, and others measure the Beats' meaning and impact.

  1. Chuck Workman

    Director

Top Billed Cast

  1. Dennis Hopper

    Dennis Hopper

    William S. Burroughs

  2. John Turturro

    John Turturro

    Allen Ginsberg

  3. Steve Martin

    Steve Martin

    Himself

  4. Johnny Depp

    Johnny Depp

    Jack Kerouac

Full Cast & Crew

The Source

Status Released

Original Language English

Budget -

Revenue $360,895.00

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