You could fill a good-sized abandoned quarry with all the books and academic papers written about the Beat generation, and you just might want to. But don't let that put you off Chuck Workman's documentary, which draws together an impressive
collection of interviews, film clips, vintage TV footage and other archival materials, and uses them to construct a cohesive and sometimes surprising portrait of the Beat legacy. The short, sadly dissipated life of Jack Kerouc, one-time college football star, charismatic author of On the
and all-around icon of the Beat generation (and Gap khakis ads), dominates the movie's narrative structure. But the late Alan Gins...