Synopsis by Mark Deming
Allen Ginsberg was one of the leading voices of American poetry from 1956, when he published his ground-breaking piece Howl, until his death in 1997. Along with his friends and colleagues William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and Michael McClure, Ginsberg was one of the key figures in the Beat Movement, who pushed literature into bold new directions of self-expression and championed poetry as a performance medium. Ginsberg also saw clear links between poetry, music and the counterculture, and he was an outspoken political activist as well as collaborating with the likes of Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, The Clash and Paul McCartney. No More To Say and Nothing To Weep For: An Elegy For Allen Ginsberg is a documentary which pays homage to Ginsberg's life and art, as well as exploring his relationship with his family, his homosexuality, his embrace of Buddhism and his understanding of the realities of death.