This film is a live reading by beat-era poet Charles Bukowski. His readings were legendary for their riotous interactions between him and the audience. This was his very last reading, even though he lived and wrote for another 14 years.
In the Spring of 1970 CHARLES BUKOWSKI, then little known, packed his overnight bag, locked the door of his tumbledown East Hollywood apartment behind him, and took his first plane ride to ... See full summary »
This drama centers on Hank Chinaski, the fictional alter-ego of "Factotum" author Charles Bukowski, who wanders around Los Angeles, CA trying to live off jobs which don't interfere with his primary interest, which is writing. Along the way, he fends off the distractions offered by women, drinking and gambling.
Charles Bukowski didn't like to do live poetry readings. He was blunt about this; but audiences thought he was joking. He did readings for the money; usually only for a few hundred dollars. But, by 1980 his book royalties, advances for film rights, and other income provided him with the means to be able to stop doing poetry readings and focus on his writing. His performances were legendary; cultivating anarchy, he'd goad the audience to mutiny, and usually challenge somebody, or anybody, to fight. In editing this performance, the first impulse is to pick out the poems; but in reviewing the raw footage, it became obvious that the entire reading is solid state. What happens between the poems is not filler. It's performance art. Only a few of his readings were filmed. This performance on March 31st, 1980 at the Sweetwater Inn in Redondo Beach, California, turned out to be the very last poetry reading Bukowski ever gave, even though he lived and wrote for another 14 years. The video of ... Written by