Cinema: The New Pictures, Jun. 20, 1960

The Subterraneans (Arthur Freed; M-G-M). The bushy-bearded Beat Generation is a collective hair farm that the average solid citizen does not dig. Nevertheless, in this picture, which bears about as much relation to Jack Kerouac's novel as Hollywood does to Endsville, Producer Arthur Freed attempts to sell the beatniks back to the mass culture they are desperately and often comically trying to escape. He shaves them down, scrubs them up and presents them, in deadly earnest, as pioneers in the great American tradition, as "The Young Bohemians . . . the makers of...

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