Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac

King of the Beats

DVD - 2012
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Kerouac's life is examined through fascinating rare documentary footage and revealing interviews with some of Kerouac's most famous contemporaries and friends. Beginning with his Catholic boyhood, through his development as one of the most important modern American authors, to his self-destructive demise at the age of 49, 'Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats' is both an accurately detailed documentary and a moving drama.
Publisher: [United States] : Kultur, [2012]
ISBN: 9780769791814
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (78 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: King of the beats


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Aug 02, 2017

Good documentary could have benefited from more interviews and and poetry readings, which are out there. "The Dharma Bums" barely gets mentioned. Still, an informative look at a groundbreaking figure and literary giant. 3.5 / 5

Mar 20, 2014

I have to agree with the first reviewer. I am new to Kerouac so thought an overall summary of him and his work (via documentary) would be a good place to start.

When I first tried to watch it, it was late at night so I fell asleep. However, since I had to return it, I could not watch it again until many weeks later. The second time, I found it just as boring so I knew I was wasting my time.

Apr 20, 2012

Somewhat underwhelming biopic/documentary narrated by Peter Coyote. Not what I expected. I would have liked to have seen more of the Steve Allen and William F. Buckley interviews; more ACTUAL footage, whether it was TV shows, or whatever. The end of his short, lonely life was sad, but not unexpected, given his self destructive lifestyle. The caliber of his writing in decline, he couldn't recapture his "15 minutes of fame"... too many demons; just too far gone.


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