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Volcano: An Inquiry Into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry (1976)

A documentary on the life of the alcoholic writer Malcolm Lowry, interspersed with readings of Lowry's work by Richard Burton. Lowry was born and educated in England. He moved to Mexico in ... See full summary »

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A documentary on the life of the alcoholic writer Malcolm Lowry, interspersed with readings of Lowry's work by Richard Burton. Lowry was born and educated in England. He moved to Mexico in 1936, where he lived near the volcano Popocatepetl, on an allowance from his father. There, between drunken bouts, he started writing his one important novel, "Under the Volcano" that takes place on the Mexican day of the dead. He takes eight years to finish it, writing most of it while living in a shack in British Colombia, Canada. Written by Will Gilbert

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This documentary is featured on The Criterion Collection's 2-disc DVD set for Under the Volcano (1984). See more »

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Featured in Donald Brittain: Filmmaker (1995) See more »

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An excellent story of a stuggling writer
18 April 2003 | by (Welland, Canada) – See all my reviews

-Contains slight spoilers-

This documentary tells the story of the life of Malcolm Lowry. He was a gifted writer that fell heavily into drinking. His life became a downward spiral as he attempted to write his book, "Under the Volcano". The documentary does a superb job at describing this author's life in vivid detail and shows people that most artists and others who are geniuses at their work usually have the most difficult lives. Lowry had such an interesting life story that stunned me that he never gave up writing no matter how awful his life was becoming. He went from going to a nice university in Britain, to living in a shack in British Columbia (which gets burned down, with his work in it). Recommened viewing for anyone interested in the lives of artists.


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