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William S. Burroughs: Commissioner of Sewers (1991)

An hour-long interview with author William S. Burroughs in which he expounds on American culture, art and morals.

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An informal documentary on Beat/satirical/avant-garde novelist William S. Burroughs, featuring interviews, footage of Burroughs's public readings, and bits of experimental films featuring Burroughs. He discusses literature and other aspects of society. Written by James Garfield <garfield@oxy.edu>

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The film mainly features a Burroughs reading at 'Filmkunst 66' in Berlin, Germany (9th May 1986) and an interview by Jürgen Ploog. See more »

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Features Towers Open Fire (1963) See more »

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Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt
By William S. Burroughs, Cheryl Hardwick, and Lenny Pickett
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Skims the surface
27 May 1999 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

This documentary on the famed experimental writer, directed by Klaus (DECODER) Maeck, is of value mostly to fans, although it may kindle some interest in the uninitiated. Nowhere near as in-depth as Howard Brookner's BURROUGHS: THE MOVIE, the film focuses on interviews with Burroughs and scenes of him giving public readings, with a concentration on THE WESTERN LANDS. For me, the most memorable bit was Burroughs talking about evolution and space travel. Could have been longer and have more extensive info (I assume Maeck was on a budget), but fans will not really complain.


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