Detroit Film Theatre


Thursday, November 04, 2010

9:30 PM

(USA/2010--directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman)
James Franco stars as the young Allen Ginsberg – poet, counter-culture adventurer and chronicler of the Beat Generation. In his famously confessional, leave-nothing-out style, Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs and search for personal liberation that led to the most timeless and electrifying work of his career, the poem Howl. Meanwhile, in a San Francisco courtroom, Howl is on trial. Prosecutor Ralph McIntosh (David Strathairn) sets out to prove that the book should be banned, while defense attorney Jake Ehrlich (Mad Men’s Jon Hamm) argues fervently for freedom of speech and creative expression. The proceedings veer from the comically absurd to the passionate as a host of unusual witnesses (Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker, Treat Williams) pit generation against generation and art against fear in front of conservative Judge Clayton Horn (Bob Balaban).
Howl is simultaneously a portrait of a renegade artist breaking down barriers to find love and redemption and an imaginative ride through a prophetic masterpiece that rocked a generation and was heard around the world. (90 min.)
“It takes a familiar, celebrated piece of writing and makes it come alive.” –A.O. Scott, The New York Times
2010 CAN/AM GRAND PRIX OF CINEMA: The DFT and Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) will present four current films, two Canadian and two American, to be screened at the DFT and Windsor's Capitol Theatre. The entries will be selected by both organizations and, most significantly, Detroit and Windsor audiences will select the winner of the 2010 Can/ AM Grand Prix Peoples’ Choice Award. For more information about WIFF, visit