Re-released in 2004 with previously unseen footage to commemorate its tenth anniversary, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ALLEN GINSBERG is a traditional but effective documentary about the famous, decidedly un
-traditional poet-activist. Director Jerry Aronson makes impressive use of interviews and rare footage to sketch the personal and professional highlights of Ginsberg's life.
The film follows the poet from childhood to the present day. As a shy young boy growing up in a New Jersey suburb, Ginsberg is haunted by his mother's mental illness, which keeps her in an institution for many years. As a young man, he moves to New York, where, as a student, he meets lege...