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Drug-Taking and the Arts (1993)

How drugs have influenced artistic production in the course of the last 200 years, focusing on major European and American literary figures and visual artists.

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Storm Thorgerson

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David Gale, Storm Thorgerson (devised by) | 20 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bernard Hill ... The Presenter
Phil Daniels ... Thomas de Quincey
Thom Booker Thom Booker ... Edgar Allan Poe
Patrick Barlow Patrick Barlow ... Théophile Gautier
John McEnery ... Charles Baudelaire
Jon Finch ... Gérard de Nerval
Danny Webb ... Jean Cocteau
Brian Cory Brian Cory ... Robert Graves
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Aldiss Brian Aldiss ... Himself (author)
J.G. Ballard J.G. Ballard ... Himself (author)
Virginia Berridge Virginia Berridge ... Herself (author) (as Dr Virginia Berridge)
Paul Bowles ... Himself (novelist)
Todd Boyco Todd Boyco ... Andy Warhol
Robin Buss Robin Buss ... Himself (translator)
Carolyn Cassady Carolyn Cassady ... Herself (author)
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How drugs have influenced artistic production in the course of the last 200 years, focusing on major European and American literary figures and visual artists.

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1993 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Art of Tripping See more »

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Interesting Documentary
15 August 2003 | by ThePrinceofPeasSee all my reviews

Storm Thorgeson directs this insightful documentary. Based on the idea that drugs have influenced some of our greatest minds (Poe, Baudelaire etc.) it documents just how influential drug experiences have been on the minds of great writers, poets and thinkers. It shows that one hundred years ago many people thirsted for some form of 'drug' to fuel imagination and creativity. Storm Thorgeson may be known to some viewers as the designer of Pink Floyd album covers. Informative, enjoyable, and spiritual...


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