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Hubert Selby Jr: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow (2005)

An exploration into the life and art of the renowned author of "Last Exit To Brooklyn" and "Requiem For A Dream." Hubert Selby Jr., a self-described "scream looking for a mouth," against ... See full summary »

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Michael W. Dean (narration)
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Credited cast:
Hubert Selby Jr. ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Anton ... Herself
Darren Aronofsky ... Himself
Alexis Arquette ... Himself
Amiri Baraka Amiri Baraka ... Himself
Arthur Boyars Arthur Boyars ... Himself
Bill Buell ... (archive footage)
Ellen Burstyn ... Herself
John Calder John Calder ... Himself
Jem Cohen ... Himself
Susan Compo Susan Compo ... Herself
Luke Davies ... Himself
Carmine 'Tony' DeFeo Carmine 'Tony' DeFeo ... Himself
Anthony Di Novi Anthony Di Novi ... Himself
Robert Downey Jr. ... Narrator
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An exploration into the life and art of the renowned author of "Last Exit To Brooklyn" and "Requiem For A Dream." Hubert Selby Jr., a self-described "scream looking for a mouth," against all odds, reached international acclaim with his controversial novels. His is a classic story of the great American novelist, overcoming tuberculosis, drug addiction and financial ruin, Selby eventually triumphed in his life and penned seven of the most remarkable and distinctly American books ever written. Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes to really live... you have to die a few times.


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USA

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English

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22 June 2006 (USA) See more »

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$19,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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The title is taken from page 103 of Selby's novel "The Demon". The slash is included in Selby's typography. See more »

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Hubert Selby Jr.: The writer has no right to be there in the work. I don't have any right to impose myself between the people I'm creating on the page and the reader... and that, the responsibility of the artist is to transcend the human ego.
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Features Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989) See more »

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Insightful look into the life of a literary outlaw
26 August 2005 | by ikigasanSee all my reviews

Hubert Selby Jr. It'll Be Better Tomorrow is a fascinating film. How could an author of such overwhelming influence have become so overlooked for so long. Controversy and drugs derailed this genius but when you hear those he influenced tell it, it was the mainstream that passed him by not the artists. Selby's battles with TB, heroin, and everything else belie the spiritual giant he seems to have become. Lou Reed tells how 'Last Exit To Brooklyn' spun his world, Lou Reed goes on to spin the world of music, the impact is profound. Writing when books could still be banned 'England banned Last Exit', Selby triumphed and didn't bow. Amazing film, well crafted and concise, a great look into the soul of the artist.


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