Kill your Darlings

Kill your Darlings

DVD - 2014
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Daniel Radcliffe stars as Beat Generation icon Allen Ginsberg in this biopic set during the famed poet's early years at Columbia University, and centering on a murder investigation involving Ginsberg, his handsome classmate Lucien Carr, and fellow Beat author William S. Burroughs. The year is 1944. Ginsberg (Radcliffe) is a young student at Columbia University when he falls hopelessly under the spell of charismatic classmate Carr (Dane DeHaan). Alongside Carr, Ginsberg manages to strike up friendships with aspiring writers William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) that would cast conformity to the wind, and serve as the foundation of the Beat movement. Meanwhile, an older outsider named David Kammerer falls deeply and madly in love with the impossibly cool Carr. Later, when Kammerer dies under mysterious circumstances, police arrest Kerouac, Burroughs, and Carr as potential suspects, paving the way for an investigation that would have a major impact on the lives of the three emerging artists.
Publisher: [Canada] : Distributed by Entertainment One, c2014
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC KIL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 104 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Mar 19, 2019

Well, that was amazing. Brilliant and believable performances from all 3 main characters, and a sexy, spooky aesthetic. I was shocked. I was only disappointed that it ended so soon. Cross Mad Men with A Secret History, and forget that 2 of the actors are famous for other roles.

Feb 04, 2018

I picked up this movie to see Daniel Radcliffe. I had no idea what the movie was about. I found the acting superb. The story was one I did not know about and had not heard of the people who the movie is about. I did look up and read further about Allan Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Lucien Carr. Interesting and informative.

Aug 20, 2015


Oct 02, 2014

Disappointing and somewhat misleading - Ginsberg was much more a critic of his society than this film portrays.

Sep 30, 2014

Amazing film on the friendship of the early beat poets, Allen Ginsberg (The Fall of America - poems), Jack Kerouac (On The Road)* and Bill Burroughs (Naked Lunch)*, during WW II at Columbia University. The other main character, Lucien Carr was portrayed as the original inspiring beatnik but permanently sidelined after he was arrested for the murder of David Kammere etc. Super acting and never boring script.
*made into movies and available in DVD.

Jul 15, 2014

I really did look forward to seeing this but honestly, this film did not live up to it's potential. The acting was fine, the story was fine, the music was mostly fine. It was an ordinary film when it could have have been so much more considering how fascinating the beat culture really was.

KateHillier Jun 12, 2014

I kid you not I went straight to the library and picked up as much Ginsberg, Kerouac, and Burroughs as was available to me - it's been years since On the Road and I haven't read a lot of the others. This movie is awesome. It's like the Dead Poets Society for radicals - and then one of the group does end up dead. It's not a mystery so much as a tale of, as the cover says, obsession. Allen is taken with Lucien, Lucien is better at making people extraordinary than being so himself (and it making said extraordinary people do things for him).

The period is done well, the acting is superb. If the Beat poets are your thing you are in for a treat here.

Apr 28, 2014

Anyone interested in the Beat writers would enjoy this film. I thought the use of contemporary music was a little jarring but Ben Foster's performance as William S. Burroughs was very good.


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Sep 30, 2014

From IMDb:

Allen Ginsberg: Another lover hits the universe. The circle is broken. But with death comes rebirth. And like all lovers and sad people, I am a poet.

Allen Ginsberg: [reading his poem] Be careful, you are not in Wonderland. I've heard the strange madness long growing in your soul, in your isolation but you fortunate in your ignorance. You who have suffered find where love hides, give, share, lose, lest we die unbloomed.
Jack Kerouac: Allen, that was beautiful, kid.
Lucien Carr: You wrote that?
Allen Ginsberg: You asked me to.

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