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James Franco on Reading ‘Howl’ Out Loud

During an appearance at the 92Y, actor James Franco talked about making the Allen Ginsberg biopic, Howl. The actor confessed he read the poem “Howl” out loud, over and over: “I read it to myself in it’s entirety, I don’t know how many times … fortunately, it comes in a very small volume so I could walk around New York and just read that out loud, and I did that.”

Franco revealed that Howl actually began as a documentary project because Ginsberg’s estate asked the filmmakers, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, to make it in celebration of the poem’s 50th anniversary. Franco feels that Howl still retains “the soul of the documentary.”

Franco has made quite a splash in the literary world over the past year. In July 2010, Franco made a cameo in Gary Shteyngart‘s book trailer for Super Sad True Love Story. In August 2010, Franco published his short story collection, Palo Alto.

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Allen Ginsberg Biopic “Howl” to Screen at Sundance Film Festival

francoisginsberg.pngFrom Jan. 21 until Jan. 29, “Howl” will screen at the Sundance Film Festival, bringing Allen Ginsberg‘s life to the big screen. Defamer discovered some clips of Howl online today, giving readers a first glimpse at the biopic about the famous poet.

The film will focus on Ginsberg’s early career, as James Franco (pictured, via) will play the young poet as he pens “Howl”–the epic poem that landed him in a famous courtroom battle over obscenity. Last year, we interviewed Jeffrey Friedman, the director of the new film.

Watch the clips at Defamer and read more about the film at Sundance: “Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman navigate a seamless segue from their documentary roots to masterful storytellers. They expand the notion of how a “true story” can be realized on film by not simply relying on facts but enlisting cinematic vision to capture the Zeitgeist of an era. The amazing cast provides the extra passion and urgency that are sure to introduce HOWL to the best minds of a new generation.”