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William S. Burroughs: A Man Within

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region Free (info)
  • The curious life of controversial avant-garde author and Beat poet William S. Burroughs serves as the subject of this documentary from Chicago-based filmmaker Yony Leyser. A gay drug addict who shot to infamy with his unguarded look at the drug and queer cultures, Burroughs made headlines when he shot his wife in Mexico City, and achieved infamy when his groundbreaking novel NAKED LUNCH was banned in the U.S. David Cronenberg, John Waters, Genesis P-Orridge, Patty Smith, Gus Van Sant, Laurie Anderson, and other celebrities/artists influenced by Burroughs' surreal body of work weigh in on why his influence today is still as strong as it was when he was in peak form.
  • Critic Reviews
    "[I]t's a welcome addition to the biographical canon -- less as clear-eyed investigation than for the intimate and moving portrait it paints."
    Los Angeles Times

    "A MAN WITHIN is embellished with scratchy line drawing that evokes Burroughs's skeletal vision of humanity."
    New York Times

    "Yony Leyser's reverent documentary WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN offers a concise summary of Burroughs' life and works."
    A.V. Club

    "Burroughs' life off the page was as fascinating as the scatological doom poetry in his masterpiece NAKED LUNCH."
    Entertainment Weekly

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