Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder: movie review

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the subject of Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder

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Tue Feb 5 2013

Maybe it’s time to mandate a preliminary aptitude test for documentarians, just to weed out the uninspired time-wasters. San Francisco’s iconic Lawrence Ferlinghetti, now 93, a giant of publishing and free speech, would seem to require a poetic soul to tease out the epicurean nature of his politics and lifestyle. Christopher Felver, while an inspired photographer, is not the director for the job; he dutifully ticks off Ferlinghetti’s major achievements—such as the founding of North Beach’s literary mecca, City Lights—yet never imbues his life with anything more than lefty zeal. A survivor like this had to be much foxier to get so much done; where’s filmmaker James Franco when we really need him?

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Frank Messina

Joshua Rothkopf's review is another example of slipshod journalism. Not knowing about the process of documentary film-making is one thing, but taking cheap shots at a creative film done on a micro-budge, albeit with all the blessing from the subject of the film, is unacceptable. While James Franco might not be there for Joshua when he "really needs him". The New York Times is there when it comes to quality reviewing: http://movies.nytimes.com/2013/02/08/movies/ferlinghetti-a-rebirth-of-wonder-by-christopher-felver.html?_r=0 Frank Messina Creative Advisor Jack Kerouac Writer in Residence Project, Orlando Florida