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    Kill Your Darlings

    Theatrical release poster

    Directed by John Krokidas

    Produced by Michael Benaroya

    Christine Vachon

    Rose Ganguzza

    John Krokidas

    Screenplay by John Krokidas

    Austin Bunn

    Story by Austin Bunn

    Starring Daniel Radcliffe

    Dane DeHaan

    Ben Foster

    Michael C. Hall

    Jack Huston

    Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Elizabeth Olsen

    Music by Nico Muhly

    Cinematography Reed Morano

    Editing by Brian A. Kates

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Kill Your Darlingsis 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

    Darlingsalso became available on Blu-ray and DVD, March

    18, 2014 in the US, followed by its UK release on April 21,


    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 reaction5 Accolades

    6 See also

    7 References

    8 External links

    As a young man in the 1940s, poet Allen Ginsberg wins aplace 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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    John Cullum as Professor Steeves

    In 2008, while performingEquuson Broadway, Daniel Radcliffe auditioned and got the part of Ginsberg.

    Radcliffe went on to film the last twoHarry Potterfilms,Deathly Hallows Part 1and 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, heoffered the role of Ginsberg back to Radcliffe.

    Critical reaction

    Kill Your Darlingshas 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 Darlingscasts 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 Telegraphgranted 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 Darlingsis inquisitive about the movement's worth, and the genius of its characters is never assumed".[9]

    Reviewing Kill Your Darlingsafter its showing at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, critic Damon Wise of The

    Guardianlauded 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, andultimately 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 Varietywrote, "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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    AwardDate of


    Recipients and


    BFI London Film FestivalOctober 19,2013

    Sutherland Trophy John Krokidas Nominated

    Gotham Awards[12]December 2,2013

    Best BreakthroughActor

    Dane DeHaan Nominated

    Hamptons International

    Film Festival[13]October 12,2013

    Breakthrough PerformerDane 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 DaysInternational Award


    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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    darlings-dvd-release-date.html) . . Retrieved February 11, 2014.


    ^"Kill Your Darlings (2013)" ( . Rotten Tomatoes.

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    ^"Kill Your Darlings" ( . Metacritic. Retrieved October 16,



    ^Collin, Robbie (September 5, 2013). "Kill Your Darlings, Venice Film Festival, review"9.

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    ( . The Guardian

    (London). Retrieved January 20, 2013.


    ^Chang, Justin (January 18, 2013). "Sundance film festival 2013: Kill Your Darlings - first look review"

    ( . Variety. Retrieved January 18, 2013.


    ^Schoenbrun, Dan (24 October 2013). "Nominees Announced for the 23rd Annual Gotham Independent Film

    Awards By IFP" (

    film-awards-by-ifp/) . Independent Filmmaker Project. Retrieved 17 November 2013.


    ^"Varietys 10 Actors to Watch Honored at Hamptons Film Festival" (

    10-actors-to-watch-honored-at-hamptons-film-festival-1200718938/) . Variety. PMC. 12 October 2013. Retrieved

    17 November 2013.


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