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Burroughs 

Documentary on the life of William S. Burroughs.

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

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Has choice segments but is edited together a bit poorly
6 April 2000 | by hgniSee all my reviews

Although "Burroughs" unravels as if it was thrown together, you don't have many Burroughs documentaries to choose from. I rented this from Home Film Festival, the only place I've found it available. The film goes back to Burroughs childhood, does a fair job of stating the facts, has interviews with Allen Ginsberg and Herbert Huncke, some of the finer points being when Burroughs is hanging out with his pals, and one point where he is obviously drunk singing one of his songs. Also footage of his brother and son Bill, who wrote "Speed." The Bunker footage was a treat and -- I don't know what the summary writer is talking about with the dream sequences -- it has some footage of movies he made during his career, as well as readings he gave at punk clubs and universities? toward his end. Burroughs is refreshingly candid in many segments.

I also want to point out for Burroughs fans that I recently read "My Education," a diary of dream entries over his later years that was edited together in 1997, and found it amazing. It explains a lot of what went into his later books -- "The Western Lands," "Cities of the Red Night" -- most of which were his vivid interconnected dreams.


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English

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22 February 1983 (UK) See more »

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