DVD Release: Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder

DVD Release Date: June 13, 2013
Price: DVD $24.95
Studio: First Run Features

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti in front of San Francisco's City Lights bookstore.

The 2010 documentary film Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder takes an insightful and entertaining look at the American poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

The movie explores Ferlinghetti’s vital role as catalyst for numerous literary careers and for the Beat movement itself. Interviews with Ferlinghetti and others reveal a rich mélange of characters and events that unfolded in postwar America, including the publication of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, William S. Burroughs’ Naked Lunch, and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. Also covered is the 1953 opening of San Francisco’s City Lights Bookstore by Ferlinghetti, which quickly evolved into an iconic institution symbolizing social change and literary freedom. Six decades later, it is still going.

Directed by Christopher Felver, the unrated Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder received a limited release to a theater in New York in February, 2013.

As a bonus feature, footage of Ferlinghetti reading his poem “The History of the Airplane” is included.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.