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Bukowski: Born into This (2003)

Documentary on Charles Bukowski, author of 'Notes of a Dirty Old Man', 'Love Is a Dog from Hell', and the autobiographical novels, 'Women', 'Hollywood', and 'Post Office'.


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Credited cast:
Charles Bukowski ...
Himself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bryan ...
Linda Lee Bukowski ...
Marina Bukowski ...
Neeli Cherkovski ...
Joyce Fante ...
FrancEyE ...
John Martin ...
Himself (as Mike Meloan)
Jack Micheline ...
Pam 'Cupcakes' Miller ...
Dom Muto ...
William Packard ...


Documentary on Charles Bukowski, author of 'Notes of a Dirty Old Man', 'Love Is a Dog from Hell', and the autobiographical novels, 'Women', 'Hollywood', and 'Post Office'.

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Rated R for language and sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

30 April 2004 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Bukowski: Gennimenos mesa se afto  »

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$35,685 (USA) (28 May 2004)


$303,490 (USA) (20 August 2004)

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1.33 : 1
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The title of the film comes from Bukowski's poem, "Dinosauria, we", which was published in his book, "The Last Night Of The Earth Poems". Published in 1992, it was the final book of poetry released while the poet was still alive. See more »


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An Introduction to One of the Greatest Poets of the Twentieth Century
5 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Charles Bukowski was arguably the greatest poet of the twentieth century. His output sustained its quality long after that of Beats such as Allen Ginsburg had faded, while still retaining a daring unknown to figures such as Robert Frost. This documentary gives insight into Bukowski's life, showing both his artistry and his personal problems.

Particularly for someone who is new to Bukowski's work, this film will be a revelation. The documentary artfully combines information about the poet's life with excerpts of his work, including a reading of "Dinosauria, We" the poem which gave the film its title. We see how the artistry reflected the reality of Bukowski's life, particularly fitting given the experiential focus of his work.

The film is not a hagiography, and gives extensive coverage to the poet's dark side. However, it makes clear that his behavior was a mechanism of coping with his childhood traumas and sensitivity. Ultimately, it is a moving portrait of a flawed man.

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