|Kill Your Darlings director John Krokidas.|
Strangely, it seems like much of my education about the Beat revolution has occurred through film and particularly Sundance movies. In 2010 it was Howl (starring James Franco as Ginsberg) about the poem of the same name and the associated obscenity trial. This year's episode takes us to Columbia University in 1944 where Ginsberg is a student along with Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William Burroughs (Ben Foster). The three troublemakers along with Lucien Call (Dane DeHaan) invade New York City with the energy and intellectualism that will ultimately lead to the Beat revolution. Their shenanigans ultimately result in the murder of David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall) at the hands of Carr. Depending on who you ask, Kammerer either stalked Carr from the time he was 14 years old or the two were involved in a strange friendship that may have included a sexual interest.
|Krokidas with some of his creative team including co-writer|
Austin Bunn (second from left) and editor Brian Kates.
But it's when many talents combine that this movie is at its best. Take the moment when Carr stabs Kammerer to death. The editing by Brian Kates is brilliant as we flash from the murder to scenes of Burroughs shooting up and Ginsberg having sex with a stranger who looks suspiciously like Carr. Krokidas's directing is bold and the acting is superb, particularly Radcliffe whose performance is real and raw. Kill Your Darlings is a movie that unquestionably belongs at Sundance.