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Movie Review: 'The Source'

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The Source

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
88 minutes
performer:
Johnny Depp, Dennis Hopper, Ali Farka Toure
director:
Chuck Workman
author:
Chuck Workman
genre:
Documentary

We gave it a B+

Chuck Workman’s lovingly assembled documentary doesn’t drop any bombshells about the life and work of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs, yet this may be the rare case in which a filmmaker’s worship of his subjects adds resonance to how we see them. Through its lively weave of reminiscence and pop-culture collage, the movie makes the case that the birth of postwar bohemia marked the essential shift in 20th-century American life, bringing the churnings of the unconscious into the hot glare of everyday existence. B+