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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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John Martin ...
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Jack Micheline ...
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Pam 'Cupcakes' Miller ...
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Dom Muto ...
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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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30 April 2004 (UK)  »

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Bukowski: Gennimenos mesa se afto  »

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

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$303,490 (USA) (20 August 2004)
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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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Interesting and moving documentary about a great author
2 October 2006 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

I may as well get it out of the way that I am a bit biased going into this film. Charles Bukowski is possibly my favorite author (only Dostoyevski and Burroughs gives him serious competition). The documentary didn't really tell me anything new, as I had learned most about Bukowski's life through his deeply personal series of "Henry Chinaski" novels. However, it was very entertaining and even moving towards the end. Here is such a unique character in American literature that it is good someone finally made a film about him.

There are a few very minor flaws. Like many documentaries, I often found myself wondering why I cared about the interviewee's opinion and that they didn't really contribute anything (Sean Penn and Bono were the cases in this film). Plus, it was slightly overlong. However, the wealth of archival footage and interviews with Bukowski presented more than make up for those insignificant details. Anyone who considers themselves a fan of him needs to check out this film pronto. Anyone who is interested in being introduced to his world view may pick up this doc as a good starter point (along with a copy of "Ham On Rye" and "Love Is a Dog From Hell"). (7/10)


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