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Kill Your Darlings

Theatrical release poster


Directed by J ohn Krokidas
Produced by Michael Benaroya
Christine Vachon
Rose Ganguzza
J ohn Krokidas
Screenplay by J ohn Krokidas
Austin Bunn
Story by Austin Bunn
Starring Daniel Radcliffe
Dane DeHaan
Ben Foster
Michael C. Hall
J ack Huston
J ennifer J ason Leigh
Elizabeth Olsen
Music by Nico Muhly
Cinematography Reed Morano
Editing by Brian A. Kates
FromWikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kill Your Darlings is a 2013 American biographical drama
film written by Austin Bunn and directed by John Krokidas
in his feature film directorial debut. The film had its world
premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, garnering
positive first reactions. It was shown at the 2013 Toronto
International Film Festival,
[4]
and it had a limited theatrical
North American release from October 16, 2013.
[5]
Kill Your
Darlings also became available on Blu-ray and DVD, March
18, 2014 in the US, followed by its UK release on April 21,
2014.
[6]
The story is about the college days of some of the earliest
members of the Beat Generation, their interactions, and a
killing that took place.
1 Plot
2 Cast
3 Production
4 Release
4.1 Critical reaction
5 Accolades
6 See also
7 References
8 External links
As a young man in the 1940s, poet Allen Ginsberg wins a
place at Columbia University in New York City. He arrives
as a very inexperienced freshman, but soon runs into Lucien
Carr, who is very anti-establishment and rowdy.
After a while, Ginsberg discovers that Carr only manages to
stay at Columbia thanks to a somewhat older man, a teacher,
David Kammerer, who writes all of his term papers for him,
and seems perhaps to have been an ex-lover of Carr's. It
appears that Kammerer is still in love with Carr, but it also
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Studio Killer Films
Benaroya Pictures
Future Film
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Release dates J anuary 18, 2013
(Sundance)
October 16, 2013
(United States)
Running time 104 minutes
[1]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,686,065
[2][3]
appears that Carr is now simply using him.
Ginsberg's fellow students in the English department include
the rebellious writer William S. Burroughs, already far into
drug experimentation. The writer Jack Kerouac, who was a
sailor at that time, also meets and spends time with them.
Ginsberg takes part in various extreme escapades with this
extraordinary group of people.
Carr eventually tells Kammerer he is done with him, and
recruits Ginsberg (who has a crush on him) to write his term
papers instead. After a while, Kerouac and Carr attempt to
run off and join the merchant marine together, hoping to go
to Paris.
There is a confrontation between Carr and Kammerer,
during which Kammerer is killed by stabbing (and perhaps
also by drowning). Carr is arrested, and asks Ginsberg to
write his deposition for him. Ginsberg is at first reluctant to help the unstable Carr, but after digging up more
crucial evidence on Kammerer and his past relationship, he writes a piece entitled "The Night in Question". The
piece describes a more emotional event, in which Carr kills Kammerer who outright tells him to after being
threatened with the knife, devastated by this final rejection. Carr rejects the 'fictional' story, and begs a
determined Ginsberg to not reveal it to anybody, afraid that it will ruin him in the ensuing trial.
We learn from Carr's mother that Kammerer was the first person to seduce Carr, when he was much younger
and lived in Chicago. After the trial we find out that Carr testified that the attack took place only because
Kammerer was a sexual predator, and that Carr killed him in self-defense. Carr is not convicted of murder and
receives only a short sentence.
Ginsberg then submits "The Night in Question" as his final term paper. On the basis of that shocking piece of
prose, Ginsberg is faced with possible expulsion from Columbia. Either he must be expelled or he must embrace
establishment values. He chooses the former, but is forced to leave his typescript behind. A week or two later he
receives the typescript in the mail with an encouraging letter from his professor telling him to pursue his writing.
Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg
Dane DeHaan as Lucien Carr
Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac
Ben Foster as William S. Burroughs
Michael C. Hall as David Kammerer
Elizabeth Olsen as Edie Parker
Jennifer Jason Leigh as Naomi Ginsberg
David Cross as Louis Ginsberg
Kyra Sedgwick as Marian Carr
David Rasche as Dean
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John Cullum as Professor Steeves
In 2008, while performing Equus on Broadway, Daniel Radcliffe auditioned and got the part of Ginsberg.
Radcliffe went on to film the last two Harry Potter films, Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2, and with him
unavailable for filming, Chris Evans, Jesse Eisenberg, and Ben Whishaw were cast without Radcliffe. Shortly
after, financing for the film fell through. When director John Krokidas started production on the film again, he
offered the role of Ginsberg back to Radcliffe.
Critical reaction
Kill Your Darlings has received generally positive reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten
Tomatoes gives a 76% rating based on reviews from 123 critics, with an average score of 6.6/10. The site's
consensus states: "Bolstered by the tremendous chemistry between Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, Kill
Your Darlings casts a vivid spotlight on an early chapter in the story of the Beat Generation".
[7]
On Metacritic,
which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 based on reviews from critics, the film has a score of 65 based on
36 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
[8]
The Daily Telegraph granted the film a score of three out of five stars, stating that, "Unlike Walter Salles's
recent adaptation of On the Road, which embraced the Beat philosophy with a wide and credulous grin, Kill
Your Darlings is inquisitive about the movement's worth, and the genius of its characters is never assumed".
[9]
Reviewing Kill Your Darlings after its showing at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, critic Damon Wise of The
Guardian lauded the film for being "the real deal, a genuine attempt to source the beginning of America's first
true literary counterculture of the 20th century". Kill Your Darlings, wrote Wise, "creates a true sense of energy
and passion, for once eschewing the clacking of typewriter keys to show artists actually talking, devising, and
ultimately daring each other to create and innovate. And though it begins as a murder-mystery, Kill Your
Darlings may be best described as an intellectual moral maze, a story perfectly of its time and yet one that still
resonates today." Wise awarded the film four out of five stars.
[10]
Justin Chang of Variety wrote, "A mysterious
Beat Generation footnote is fleshed out with skilled performances, darkly poetic visuals and a vivid rendering of
1940s academia in 'Kill Your Darlings.' Directed with an assured sense of style that pushes against the narrow
confines of its admittedly fascinating story, John Krokidas' first feature feels adventurous yet somewhat
hemmed-in as it imagines a vortex of jealousy, obsession and murder that engulfed Allen Ginsberg, William S.
Burroughs and Jack Kerouac in the early days of their literary revolution."
[11]
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Awards
Award
Date of
ceremony
Category
Recipients and
nominees
Result
BFI London Film Festival
October 19,
2013
Sutherland Trophy John Krokidas Nominated
Gotham Awards
[12]
December 2,
2013
Best Breakthrough
Actor
Dane DeHaan Nominated
Hamptons International
Film Festival
[13]
October 12,
2013
Breakthrough Performer
Dane DeHaan Won
Jack Huston Won
Palm Springs International
Film Festival
[14]
January 5,
2013
Directors to Watch John Krokidas Won
Sundance Film Festival
[15]
January 26,
2013
Grand Jury Prize Nominated
Venice Film Festival
[16]
September 7,
2013
The Venice Days
International Award
Won
And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks, a collaborative novel by Burroughs and Kerouac inspired by
the events depicted in the film.
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