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William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 12 December 2010 (Chile)
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William S. Burroughs: featuring never before seen footage as well as exclusive interviews with his closest friends and colleagues. Born the heir of the Burroughs' adding machine estate, he ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Aldrich Fred Aldrich ... Himself
Laurie Anderson ... Herself
Amiri Baraka Amiri Baraka ... Himself
Jello Biafra ... Himself
Victor Bockris Victor Bockris ... (archive footage)
William S. Burroughs ... Himself (archive footage)
Harold Chapman Harold Chapman
David Cronenberg ... Himself
Dennis M. Dailey Dennis M. Dailey ... (as Dr. Dennis M. Dailey)
Diane DiPrima Diane DiPrima ... Herself
Marcus Ewert Marcus Ewert
America Ferrera ... Herself - Hostess
Allen Ginsberg ... (archive footage)
John Giorno John Giorno
James Grauerholz James Grauerholz ... (archive footage)
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William S. Burroughs: featuring never before seen footage as well as exclusive interviews with his closest friends and colleagues. Born the heir of the Burroughs' adding machine estate, he struggled throughout his life with addiction, control systems, and self. He was forced to deal with the tragedy of killing his wife and the repercussions of neglecting his son. His novel, Naked Lunch, was one of the last books to be banned by the U.S. government. Allen Ginsberg and Norman Mailer testified on behalf of the book. The courts eventually overturned their decision in 1966, ruling that the book had an important social value. It remains one of the most recognized literary works of the 20th century. William Burroughs was one of the first to cross the dangerous boundaries of queer and drug culture in the 1950s, and write about his experiences. Eventually he was hailed the godfather of the beat generation and influenced artists for generations to come. However, his friends were left wondering,... Written by Yony Leyser

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 2010 (Chile) See more »

Also Known As:

William S. Burroughs na wylot See more »

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Budget:

$160,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,510, 21 November 2010

Gross USA:

$46,380
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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26 November 2010 | by spataaSee all my reviews

When I heard about the new documentary about William Burroughs I was pretty excited . Over the years I read many of the popular books including the reader , listened to the spoken word material and watched many of the short films and movies he appeared in . I thought I had a pretty good grasp of his work . However , I didn't know what a treat I was really in for when I walked in the the Denver premier of this very well directed and produced film . I found the insight that many of the friends and colleague opened my thought process on his work opened so much wider and I have a deeper understanding of the man and his work . Showing a time line from childhood to death and his life process was amazing . Seeing so much footage from performance to everyday life was great . He is still a voice and lighthouse in counter culture . I was so grateful for many of the interviews with his friends as they were very insightful and very personal . If you are fan of the man , have just found out about him or just heard that this was a good film you have to see this one . You won't be disappointed , so check it out and pass on the good word.


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