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A film by Pola Rapaport
With Alan Granville and Robert Attanasio
DP Wolfgang Held
Music by Stuart Kollmorgen and Vincent Attanasio
A trip along the seamy edges of New York City and a voyage through the
consciousness of the mad beat poet Alan Granville. BROKEN MEAT
captures Alan's New York, stripped of its glittering surface: a strange, deserted place.
A comic nihilist who trashes sensitive social issues, Granville himself has experienced homelessness, drug addiction and mental illness. But his humorous style of describing them succeeds in touching us on emotional, intellectual and philosophical levels.
Its atmospheric black and white photography, by award-winning cinematographer Wolfgang Held gives the film the beat feeling of the 1950's. Alan's poetry finally leads us to the mysterious salt mountains which evoke freedom and the power of imagination.
A film that offers the chance to be swept along by a cinematic experience.
Leningrad Message to Man, New Orleans and Hawaii Film Festivals, IDFA nominee for Joris Ivens Prize
Award for Cinematography (Wolfgang Held), Oberhausen International Film Festival
FESTIVALS/ SCREENINGS: Sundance Film Festival •Edinburgh • Pesaro • Cork • Munich Filmmuseum • Flaherty Seminar • MoMA
"Funky, excellent, neo-beatnik... tough and funny. A must see, especially for poets"-- Baltimore City Paper
"Mesmerizing... perfect documentary... offers a world where even humor and whimsy lurk in dark places"--
Park Record on the occasion of screening at the Sundance Film Festival
"Hip and adventurous. Granville's weathered soul provides a fascinating enigma, explored here with great humor and insight. Wolfgang Held's cinematography is stark and seductive"-- Baltimore Film Forum
"A visual joy"-- Chicago New Reader