Thanks for the kind words about my video experiments.
I don’t know, I think it would’ve been a very influential poem even without the trial; it just wouldn’t have become a bestseller. The reading portrayed in the movie was indeed very influential. The Beat movement would’ve happened regardless, and Ginsberg would’ve been at the center of it.
I’m also going to have to disagree with you about Franco. I don’t think it’s a fair criticism — that’s what Hollywood does for everything, cast unnaturally good-looking people to play ordinary-looking schmucks. And was it Franco’s job to resemble the real Ginsberg as much as possible, or to creatively re-imagine him? This wasn’t a biopic, after all, or even entirely a work of nonfiction, even if the courtroom dialogue was all pretty much verbatim. Finally, I give huge props to Franco for choosing to play gay roles, and for doing it so convincingly. That says a lot about his open-mindedness and secure sense of self as a straight man, not to mention his commitment to the actor’s art.