The Movie

DVD - 2015
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Made up of intimate, revelatory footage of the singular author and poet filmed over the course of five years, Howard Brookner's 1983 documentary about William S. Burroughs (Naked Lunch) was for decades mainly the stuff of legend; that changed when Aaron Brookner, the late director's nephew, discovered a print of it in 2011 and spearheaded a restoration. Includes on-screen appearances by Allen Ginsberg, Herbert Huncke, Terry Southern, and Lucien Carr.
Publisher: [New York, New York] :, The Criterion Collection,, [2015]
Edition: Special edition
ISBN: 9781681430782
Call Number: DVD B BURR
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
digital,optical,mono,Dolby Digital,rda
2 videodiscs (90 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in


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Jun 26, 2017

Fascinating, intimate, one of a kind documentary about the iconic dark prince of American letters, William S. Burroughs. Filmed over 5 years by Howard Brockner, this eschews the usual formula of the bio-doc in favor of following Burroughs around and watching him talk, shoot (Like Hunter Thompson, he loved his guns.), do readings, live at the Bunker, and interact with famous friends (Ginsberg, Terry Southern). I wouldn't say it shows the "normal" side of Burroughs, but it presents him in a different light. The film was thought lost until the director's nephew found it restored it, which means most people will be seeing this unique film for the first time. The Criterion does their usual bang up job with extras and packaging. For a more conventional documentary, there's "William S. Burroughs: A Man Within."

May 30, 2017

This is a 2 DVD compendium of five years (1978-1982) in William Burroughs' life. In addition to the film by Howard Brookner, there is information on how it was re-found and championed by Brookner's nephew, Aaron Brookner after his uncle's death. An audio interview with Howard Brookner, outtakes, footage from the 2014 NY Film Festival, and an essay by Luc Sante round out the offering.

It is clear that Burroughs and his friends felt comfortable around Howard Brookner, who was a film student at the time he started the project. Brookner's friends, who included Jim Jarmusch and Tom DiCillo, helped with the recording of the film. Burroughs was as inimitable as one might imagine.

Jul 02, 2016

Entertaining documentary about the writer William Burroughs-also includes an audio commentary by Jim Jarmusch ( who recorded much of the sound on the film ).


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