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Burroughs (22 Feb. 1983)

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Documentary on the life of William S. Burroughs.

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William S. Burroughs Jr. ...
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Mortimer Burroughs ...
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John Giorno
James Grauerholz ...
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Brion Gysin
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Terry Southern ...
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Documentary on the life of William S. Burroughs.

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Illuminating, sometimes painful portrait of Burroughs...
3 June 2004 | by (Alabama) – See all my reviews

I disagree with the last reviewer about the way this film is constructed; it's a straightforward, chronological examination of the writer's life. If you're a fan of the 'Naked Lunch' author, you'll love every minute of "Burroughs". Beyond the standard examination of Burroughs's writing techniques and the themes that informed his work, you get an intimate glimpse of the man himself. Director Howard Brookner celebrates the author's merits but is not afraid to expose his flaws, either; the footage of Burroughs and his ailing, doomed son (also a writer) attempting to carry on a conversation is agonizing. "Burroughs" is by turns frightening, funny, and sad. See it if you can find it.


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