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

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 22 June 2006 (USA)
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. ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Anton ... Self
Darren Aronofsky ... Self
Alexis Arquette ... Self
Amiri Baraka ... Self
Arthur Boyars Arthur Boyars ... Self
Bill Buell ... (archive footage)
Ellen Burstyn ... Self
John Calder John Calder ... Self
Jem Cohen ... Self
Susan Compo Susan Compo ... Self
Luke Davies ... Self
Carmine 'Tony' DeFeo Carmine 'Tony' DeFeo ... Self
Anthony Di Novi Anthony Di Novi ... Self
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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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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The measure of a man....
21 November 2005 | by djemergingSee all my reviews

Hubert Selby Jr: It/ll be Better Tomorrow touched me, taught me, revealed to me a man through the eyes of those who knew him, maybe loved him, but were most certainly enriched by him. The portrait they paint is not always pretty, often tragic, but the soul of the man shines throughout.

Cubby's story is not a triumph, but it is exceedingly human and real. An exploration of the adversities that we all face, to greater and lesser degree, how they can bring us to swamp-crawling despair of self-destruction, yet be redeemed by the pure and simple will to overcome. Cubby persevered, and in that found glory over his darkness and demons. The devils still remain, but Cubby found the way to harness them, to drive them, not be driven by them.

Art should be like a stone, thrown in a pond, creating ripples reaching further and further outward, disturbing, disrupting the placid quiet. This film shows Cubby as a boulder among pebbles.


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$19,000 (estimated)
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