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HOWL Story

Howl the film consists of three interwoven aspects: the early life of Ginsberg (Franco) in New York City and his evolution as a writer and poet; an animated re-imagining of the poem "Howl"; and the obscenity trial San Francisco poet and City Lights Bookstore co-founder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti (Andrew Rogers), faced after publishing the titular poem, in which Ginsberg made references to drug use and homosexuality (the latter of which in the 1950s was still considered taboo).