Kerouac's road: a Franco-American odyssey

Canada, 1980

Film
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Jack Kerouac, the novelist who revolutionised the form of American fiction and journalism, was born to a family of French-Canadians in exile and did not begin to understand English until he was six. Alienation, a quest for transcendence and the need to discover a new language would ultimately define his art. Through dramatised excerpts, period footage and candid interviews, this film shows how Kerouac’s restless seeking as a literary bohemian embodied a larger Franco-American pattern of emigration and displacement.

Credits

director

Hermenegilde Chiasson

producer

Eric Michel

production company

National Film Board of Canada

Language

English

Duration

00:54:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

39205

Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Beat generation

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Canada

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Beat generation

Literature → American literature

Literature → Beat generation

Literature → Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969

Literature → Literature

Music & Performing Arts → Beat generation

People → Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969

Short films

Short films → Short films - Canada

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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