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Film review: Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg, The

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"The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg" is a straightforward, talking-heads documentary about Ginsberg, the beat poet who made a name for himself in the '50s with "Howl," his call-to-arms for nonconformity, which Ginsberg and his contemporaries Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs lived during the decade before it became an anthem for the nation's youth.

For those still fascinated by Ginsberg, this would seem to be the perfect film, which chronicles his life decade by decade. But there is nothing that is particularly new or insightful here, as the film seems quite content to settle for nostalgic reminiscences, with interviews of Ginsberg himself, recitations of his poetry and comments by others, such as Burroughs, who seems rather low-key and uninspired.

"The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg" is not rated but would probably get an R for language.