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.
Henry Chinaski never cared for the American dream, the thought of needing to become 'something' and fit into the system disgusts him. He believes that life is free and yours to live like ... See full summary »
Three 'Bukowskian' torrid nights in the life of a man in search of love. Harry Voss, 12, is young and naive. Love, for him, is romantic love between princes and princesses demurely kissing ... See full summary »
More than 20 contemporary North American poets recite, sing, and perform their work. Several also comment. Early in the film, Charles Bukowski talks about the energy of poets and of a poem.... 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