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

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