Howard Brookner

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This biographical documentary on author and eccentric William S. Burroughs (Naked Lunch), founder of the Beat Generation literary movement along with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, is roughly divided into two segments. The first part has some witty scenes as the camera follows the author around to his various early haunts in the U.S., London, and Morocco. His friends are interviewed, including an interesting segment with Allen Ginsberg. In the second half of the film Burroughs becomes more of an exhibitionist than a subject, suggesting that discretionary editing would have made a smaller but better final version.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/15/2015
UPC: 0715515161510
Original Release: 1983
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 34,348

Special Features

New, high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack New Audio Commentary by Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, who was a sound recordist on the film Audio Interview with Director Howard Brookner from 1985 New Interview with Brookner's nephew, filmmaker Aaron Brookner, who oversaw the film's restoration Rare Outtakes Footage from the 2014 New York Film Festival premiere of the film's restoration, featuring a Q&A with Jarmusch, Aaron Brookner, filmmaker Tom DiCillo, and William S. Burrough's friend and fellow writer James Grauerholz Twenty-three-minute experimental edit of the film from 1981 by inventor and photographer Robert E. Fulton III Plus: An essay by critic Luc Sante and collage artwork by artist Alison Mosshart

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