A Beatnik Animal House: John Krokidas’s “Kill Your Darlings” - Los Angeles Review of Books
Oct 18, John Krokidas' Kill Your Darlings, which covers the initial meetings between Beats, and to put at its center the relatively unknown relationship between is breaking into the Columbia library and replacing the prized display. Oct 29, John Krokidas's Kill Your Darlings tells a version of this story. The real details of the Kammerer-Carr relationship remain murky, and Krokidas is Ginsberg, Carr, and Kerouac break into the library in order to stock the glass. Oct 13, In "Kill Your Darlings," Daniel Radcliffe plays Allen Ginsberg when the . I'm walking up the steps of the Low Memorial Library for the first time.
Dane DeHaan was great as the clever and magnetic Lucien, but Ben Foster steals the film with a spot on embodiment of Burroughs.
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Poetry and the way creativity is sparked and nurtured are showcased throughout the film. Rebellion is at the heart of any creative movement from the Beats to Punk. They rip apart books to pull out the essence of the language.
They plot to kill Ogden Nash, the most popular poet of the day, by making him obsolete in the wake of their new Vision. In Columbia's hallowed library, they replace the 1st edition copies of renowned literature like Beowulf with Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer, Melville's Billy Budd and other restricted works that were locked away.
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Poets from Keats to Shelley are quoted throughout the film and in a crucial scene Shelley's Adonais: An Elegy on the Death of John Keats is read in voice over. You hear it read by Kerouac's friend dying in a hospital bed from war injuries.
Oh, weep for Adonais--he is dead! Wake, melancholy Mother, wake and weep!
Kill Your Darlings
Kill Your Darlings gets the seed of the Beat movement right — the railing against convention — and there is a bit of life in the film when the characters must define themselves against prevailing expectations. When Ginsberg questions rhyme and meter, form and tradition in his Columbia poetry class, or reads a poem he wrote to Carr and Kerouac while sitting in a boat, the film does enthrall.
But then there is a leaden sequence of Ginsberg distracting a comely female librarian with the promise of sex so Carr and Burroughs can steal her keys in order to pull off a prank displaying censored material throughout the library. Nor is the romantic tension between Carr and Ginsberg especially sexy.
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A scene in which Ginsberg imagines Carr sucking on his finger is far more compelling than a kiss the two men share later in the film.
When Ginsberg stares longingly at Carr as the librarian goes down on the future poet, there should be sparks between the two men. Instead it just looks awkward. But Krokidas too frequently insists on using a cudgel to make the point. Such unsubtle storytelling is most egregious in a montage that crosscuts among three forms of penetration: Kammerer being knifed by Carr, Burroughs injecting drugs, and Ginsberg having anal sex.
The murder of Kammerer could profitably have been given greater emphasis in the film.