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Burroughs 

Documentary on the life of William S. Burroughs.

Director:

Howard Brookner
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Episode credited cast:
William S. Burroughs Jr. William S. Burroughs Jr. ... Himself
Mortimer Burroughs Mortimer Burroughs ... Himself
William S. Burroughs ... Himself
Jackie Curtis ... Nurse
Allen Ginsberg
John Giorno John Giorno
James Grauerholz James Grauerholz ... Himself
Brion Gysin Brion Gysin
Lauren Hutton ... Herself (archive footage)
Patti Smith
Terry Southern Terry Southern ... Himself
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Documentary on the life of William S. Burroughs.

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Documentary

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1983 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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Color
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Illuminating, sometimes painful portrait of Burroughs...
3 June 2004 | by InjunNoseSee all my reviews

I disagree with the last reviewer about the way this film is constructed; it's a straightforward, chronological examination of the writer's life. If you're a fan of the 'Naked Lunch' author, you'll love every minute of "Burroughs". Beyond the standard examination of Burroughs's writing techniques and the themes that informed his work, you get an intimate glimpse of the man himself. Director Howard Brookner celebrates the author's merits but is not afraid to expose his flaws, either; the footage of Burroughs and his ailing, doomed son (also a writer) attempting to carry on a conversation is agonizing. "Burroughs" is by turns frightening, funny, and sad. See it if you can find it.


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