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Allen Ginsberg

“The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That's what poetry does.”

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    LOST, LOST, LOST

    Jonas Mekas United States, 1976

    A deeply personal, delightfully idiosyncratic, remarkably free-ranging, and ultimately powerfully searching diary film from Jonas Mekas. An interpretive chronicle of the Lithuanian’s struggle to find a sense of home in mid-century Brooklyn, it’s a profound expression of longing and hope.

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    SCENES FROM THE LIFE OF ANDY WARHOL: FRIENDSHIPS AND INTERSECTIONS

    Jonas Mekas United States, 1990

    A career-spanning chronicle of one of Jonas Mekas’ contemporaries: the American artist Andy Warhol. In diaries between 1962 and 1982, Mekas captures his everyday life, celebrity, and friends, among them: The Velvet Underground, John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JOHN

    Jonas Mekas United States, 1995

    Shot in 1972, Jonas Mekas’s short documentary diary juxtaposes footage from an exhibition of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s work with the celebrations of Lennon’s 32nd birthday party—bringing us up close with several friends, including bandmate Ringo Starr, Andy Warhol, and Allen Ginsberg.

    SCENES FROM ALLEN'S LAST THREE DAYS ON EARTH AS A SPIRIT

    Jonas Mekas United States, 1997

    After featuring Beat poet Allen Ginsberg (Howl) in many of his impressionistic documentary shorts throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Jonas Mekas here captures his last encounter—and last conversation—with Ginsberg in 1997, before his Buddhist wake ceremony prepares his travel into the spirit world.

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