Bukowski: Born into This (2003)

R  |   |  Documentary, Biography  |  30 April 2004 (UK)
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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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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 »


Edited from The Charles Bukowski Tapes (1987) See more »

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The poet without metaphors
26 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you go into this film without ever haven read Bukowski, it can be a jarring experience, but rewarding nonetheless. I love his stuff, most of it anyway, and never really had a chance to see him while he was alive. His book Post Office is perhaps the rawest and perfectly written piece of literature that I've ever read. The documentary does him justice in that it captures him in his perfect drunken, creative, and impossibly complex environment. Filmed over 10 to 15 years, it is not hero worship in any sense, it's as raw and revealing of a tortured, yet extremely funny individual as one can capture on film. We see his relationships with women unravel and patch up, the dusty daily grind of a regular job that he hates, his horrible childhood which would serve as material for Ham on Rye, his struggle with celebrity in the twilight of his life. Like all great artists Pryor, Lenny Bruce, Van Gogh, etc., Bukowski uses the pain and suffering of everyday life to his advantage, the result is a great revealing documentary that opens him up and makes him accessible to even his most die-hard fans. Much better than Barfly.

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