The Beat Hotel — documentary

Alan Govenar is a filmmaker who is nearly finished creating a feature-length documentary about the Beat Hotel, and William Burroughs’ and Allen Ginsberg’s time there in Paris. For the next two months, Alan is raising funds to finish this project by offering a limited, exclusive t-shirt of a young Allen Ginsberg at the Beat Hotel and other perks.

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The Beat Hotel covers the period after Howl’s obscenity trials when Ginsberg left the US with Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso and landed in Paris, France. They stayed at 9, Rue Git le Couer, which came to be known as the Beat Hotel. Others, like William Burroughs, Ian Somerville, and Brion Gysin joined them. The Paris experience was a creative and freeing one for the beats, where much writing and art took place, including Burroughs’ Naked Lunch, Harold Norse’s cut-up experiences, Ian Somerville’s and Brion Gysin’s Dream Machine, and some of Corso’s greatest poetry.

In the film, Chapman’s photographs and stylized dramatic recreations of his stories meld with the recollections of Elliot Rudie, a Scottish artist, whose drawings of his time in the hotel offer a poignant and sometimes humorous counterpoint. The memories of Chapman and Rudie interweave with the insights of French artist Jean-Jacques Lebel, author Barry Miles, Danish filmmaker Lars Movin, and the first hand accounts of Oliver Harris, Regina Weinrich, Patrick Amie, Eddie Woods, and 95 year old George Whitman, among others, to evoke a portrait of Ginsberg, Burroughs, Corso and the oddities of the Beat Hotel that is at once unexpected and revealing.

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