Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Howl Movie Completed
Jon Hamm as Jake Ehrlich Sr.
Sundance Film Festival 2010 Opener
The movie Howl staring Jon Hamm as Jake Ehrlich along with James Franco as Allen Ginsberg has finished shooting and completed editing and the movie now heads to the Sundance Film Festival where it will be the opening movie to kick-off the 2010 Sundance Film Festival season.
The Howl movie features an excellent full-star Hollywood cast including Jeff Daniels and Marie-Louise Parker who starred in The West Wing TV series.
It also stars the ultra-talented David Strathairn as the prosecutor, as seen below sitting on the right. David Strathairn starred in The Bourne Ultimatum, L.A. Confidential, A League of Their Own and appeared in 3 episodes of the Sopranos as well as in the first episode of Miami Vice. He also starred as Edward R. Murrow in Good Night & Good Luck.
We see Jon Hamm below playing Jake "The Master" Ehrlich. Jon Hamm is the star of Mad Men, which is probably the best TV show today.
Jon Ham really looks like Jake Ehrlich Sr. and it looks like they got the wardrobe correct, but Jake Ehrlich Sr., would have never had white from his shirt showing under his vest like in the upper photo. Also, I don't see Jon Hamm's pocketwatch chain!?! They definitely got the handkerchief correct.
Jon Hamm of Mad Men fame plays San Francisco Attorney, Jake Ehrlich as seen above. Mad Men is considered by many, many people to be the best show on TV today, and Jon Hamm is considered to be one of the best actors of this generation. He also happens to be a dead-ringer for a young Jake Ehrlich.
James Franco (below) plays Allen Ginsberg and I heard he did a great job!!! James Franco is considered to be one of the greatest actors in Hollywood today. He starred most recently in Milk, and also in all three Spiderman trilogy movies and is and has a reoccurring role on General Hospital. He also played James Dean in a made-for-TV movie.
Allen Ginsberg's Howl poem represented the birth of the mid 1950s Counterculture Revolution that completely changed America, and some would say–the world. Allen Gisnberg was a Beat Poet in San Francisco and in 1955 he wrote him most famous piece named "Howl." It is important to understand the context of the mid-to-late 1950s. Dwight Eisenhower was the President of the United States at the time and the U.S. was very, very conservative.
Allen Ginsberg was close with other beat Poets that Jake Ehrlich defended, including Jack Kerouac who is most famous for writing On The Road. Anther famous Beat Poet and contemporary of Allen Ginsberg was William S. Burroughs who wrote Naked Lunch & Exterminator.
Power To The People
The poem Howl, was censored in San Francisco by the Police Department. The ACLU asked Jake Ehrlich to represent Allen Ginsberg and San Francisco City Lights Bookstore owner Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Jake accepted the case but insisted on handling the case pro-bono because he understood what amazing significance it would have for many generations to come and refused to be paid for his services.
Jake Ehrlich accepted the case primarily because he understood the significant First Amendment rights under Freedom Of Speech which were in jeopardy. Jake Ehrlich was a staunch believer in Jeffersonian Democracy and Thomas Jefferson's ideal of Power To The People. Jake Ehrlich also believed in revolution and Nobbles-oblige.
Jake Ehrlich was also staunchly apposed to McCarthyism and strongly believe that American's must be free to think and speak their own thought, no matter what.
Jake Ehrlich won the censorship case and had his clients acquitted and won their freedom, and that freedom paved the way for not only the Beat Poets, but also for the Hippie Movement in San Francisco which took place in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury that reached its crescendo in 1968 during The Summer Of Love. It also gave rise to the women's feminist movement and E.R.A., Movement as well as the gay and lesbian movement.
Jake Ehrlich stepped in to help people who were being unfairly persecuted for their belief systems because he knew that was what the founding fathers intended to achieve when they wrote the Constitution of The United States as well as–and most importantly–The First Amendment.In the photo below we see Allen Ginsberg on the right side of the photo with his life-long companion Peter Orlovsky as depicted above in the movie Howl by James Franco as Allen Ginsburg on the right and Arron Tveit as Peter Orlovsky.
Here is a list of links to reviews of the movie: