Naked Lens (Paperback)

Beat Cinema

By Jack Sargeant

Soft Skull Press, 9781593762209, 251pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2009

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Description

Celebrating the celluloid expression of the Beat spiritarguably the most sustained legacy in U.S. counterculture"Naked Lens" is a comprehensive study of the most significant interfaces between the Beat writers, Beat culture, and cinema. "Naked Lens" features key Beat players and their collaborators, including William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, Brion Gysin, Antony Balch, Ron Rice, John Cassavetes, Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, Klaus Maeck, and Gus van Sant.
As well as examining clearly Beat-inspired films such as "Pull My Daisy, Chappaqua, " and "The Flower Thief, " Jack Sargeant discusses cinema verite and performance films ("Shadows" and "Wholly Communion"), B-movies ("The Subterraneans" and Roger Corman's "Bucket of Blood"), and Hollywood adaptations ("Heart Beat" and "Barfly").
The second half of the book is devoted to an extensive analysis of the films relating to William Burroughs, from Antony Balch's "Towers Open Fire" to David Cronenberg's "Naked Lunch." This book also contains the last ever interview with writer Allen Ginsberg, recorded three months before his death in April 1997.