How the blade runner film title came to be the independent. Howard brookner began shooting the film in 1978 as his senior thesis at nyu. The first of his essay collections was wakerobin in 1871 in the words of his biographer edward renehan, burroughs special identity was less that of a scientific naturalist than that of a literary naturalist with a duty to record his own unique. The movie, a oneofakind nonfiction portrait that was brought to life with the help of a remarkable crew of friends, including jim jarmusch and tom dicillo, and that features onscreen appearances by fellow artists of burroughss including allen ginsberg, herbert huncke, patti. Previously available on vhs only a used copy on amazon runs you 40 bucks, burroughs. Burroughs, allen ginsberg, patti smith, howard brookner. Early in his writing career he submitted many film treatments to movie companies, hoping to expand his writing and business horizons to film. The film has recently been recovered and restored by his nephew aaron brookner, who explains how the process came about. William and joan found themselves in mexico city a few years later where, burroughs recounts, she grew depressed over his affairs with local boys and began to drink a bottle of tequila a day. An informal portrait of the controversial american author william s. There is probably a better, more complete film to be made about burroughs someday, but it will likely contain parts of this film that are irreplaceable. Enter your location to see which movie theaters are playing burroughs. The movie, which opens on friday 14 february at the ica, explores the life and times of naked lunch author william s. His sexual explicitness he was an avowed and outspoken homosexual and the frankness with which he dealt with his experiences as a drug addict won.
The film charts the development of burroughs unique literary style and his wildly. To optimize your experience with your screen reading software, please use our website, which has the same tickets as our fandango. In order to explore burroughs influence in film one must identify the key concepts within his literature which translate to themes and motifs within related film work. Reviewed on the geek show a very straight kind of observational documentary about a very notstraight life, which turns out to be a good thing. The movie is the first and only documentary to be made about and with the full participation of writer william s. Begun in 1978 as a senior project by howard brookner, who was then a student at nyu, burroughs. Following the writer as he chats with friends in his basement apartment in new york, walks the streets of his st.
The movie is the only featurelength documentary to be made with and about william s. From the american museum of natural history library, special collections. This in my opinion is the definitive burrough s documentary, not simply because of the obscurity that it was shrouded in but because of burrough s own involvement in it. Made up of intimate, revelatory footage of the singular author and poet filmed over the course of five years, howard brookners 1983 documentary about william. Burroughs, which had premiered at the 1983 new york film festival.
The movie is one of the most intimate and intriguing. Some fresh burroughs loot was just added to the mountain of treasure that is ubu. The result is a unique cinematic artifact, a wholly transparent. William burroughs source david cronenberg screenwriter. One of the most intimate and intriguing portraits of the iconic author. A documentary on william burroughs the new york times. Louis, missouri, on february 5, 1914, to the son of the founder of the burroughs adding machine co. Also sign me up for fanmail to get updates on all things movies. Edgar rice burroughs filmography and movies fandango. The saddest scenes in burroughs are those depicting william s. The film plays like a valiant effort to fashion something semicoherent from all that material, but it never really seems as if brookner had a vision for what burroughs. Edgar rice burroughs had a lifelong fascination with film.
Again, it would be a mistake to view cronenbergs naked lunch as a mere adaptation of burroughs novel. The movie was released in 85 by poet, warhol associate, and dialapoem instigator, john giorno, through his giorno poetry systems. John burroughs april 3, 1837 march 29, 1921 was an american naturalist and nature essayist, active in the u. The movie, a oneofakind nonfiction portrait that was brought to life with the help of a remarkable crew of friends, including jim. The criterion collection made up of intimate, revelatory footage of the singular author and poet filmed over the course of five years, howard brookners 1983 documentary about william s. One year later, tarzan of the apes became the second burroughs novel made into silent film and the first tarzan movie picture. The only drawback is that burroughs wasnt finished when this movie was made.
Recorded in 1919 at woodchuck lodge in roxbury, this film documents a day in the life of great naturalist john burroughs, during which he receives three young visitors. The film was restored by pinball london ltd, with the generous support of the burroughs. Filming began in 1978 as brookners senior thesis at nyu film school and then expanded into a feature which was completed 5 years later in. Film remastering is a meticulous, specialised and expensive process, as is rereleasing a film. Burroughs obtained the film rights from nourse and completed the screenplay, but it was never made. Louis youth, gives public readings and makes an appearance on saturday night live, and. February 5, 1914 august 2, 1997 was an american writer and visual artist. It was begun in 1978 as brookners senior thesis at nyu film school and then expanded into a feature which was completed. But we are 100 % confident that it can be done and. Pickgoodbook presents full list of edgar rice burroughs books in chronological order completed with all films and movies based on the characters created by burroughs. Enjoy a rich lineup of tv shows and movies included with your prime. The movie explores the life and times of controversial naked lunch. Now viewers can enjoy the invigorating candidness of burroughs. The movie was remastered from a 16mm print from the archives of the museum of modern art, new york.
Recently rediscovered, it has been carefully restored and enjoyed its revival premiere at last years new york film festival. This includes investigating the cutup technique and its development as well as his theories on the virus power or the word virus and the. A man within proves that peter weller has starred in other movies except for robocop, namely naked lunch which is based on the works and life of william. He simply found burroughs fascinating, and who can blame him. Not just looking back at the life of william s burroughs, but also 80s new york. Burroughs, american writer of experimental novels that evoke, in deliberately erratic prose, a nightmarish, sometimes wildly humorous world. The film was a notorious critical and commercial flop, and brookner, sadly, would never get the chance to make anotherhe died of aidsrelated causes just before bloodhounds opened, a few days shy of his 35th birthday.
Originally released in 1983, the film charts the development of burroughs unique. Finally after so many years locked in the vaults, burroughs. Burroughs, one of the three seminal writers of the beat generation the other two being his friends jack kerouac and allen ginsberg, was born in st. Except for a few dialogue cuts, this fifth draft screenplay is virtually identical to the completed movie. Burroughs wrote eighteen novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and. Completed in 1983 by howard brookner, it was the first documentary ever made about burroughs with his full collaboration. Burroughs was for decades mainly the stuff of legend. The movie directed by howard brookner has been released via the criterion collection on magnificent bluray. After forming a close friendship with the director early on, burroughs. The movie is the first and only feature length documentary to be made with and about burroughs.61 692 939 813 1064 12 1321 290 909 730 106 313 402 44 1011 1018 1090 554 401 943 889 1112 800 733 1412 1034 75 688 632 1351 731 824 866 398 433 28 1485 227 1445 1492 836 704 1484 1420 354 1382 1237 41 878 1199 936