Burroughs: The Movie

1983

Action / Biography / Documentary

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 100%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 377

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Reviewed by Ian 5 / 10

A must for Burroughs fans, not so much for those who aren't.

I love movies about artists, writers, musicians and so on and I really wanted to like this one, especially as most of the footage contains the man himself.

Always interested in the whys and wherefores of creativity, of particular interest was the blurb line: "...charts the development of Burroughs' unique literary style."

However, the movie is mostly about the life of the man, his friends and associates, than the development of his writing style. There are fascinating interviews with Ginsberg and other friends, and a fun cameo from Patti Smith who complains she couldn't get him into bed. Oh chuckle...

I came away not knowing much more about Burroughs than I did before, and certainly not more about his literary style or how it developed. It's tragic that the director, Howard Brookner, died so young. He spent five years putting the movie together.

In spite of the lack of deeper revelations, as there are scant movies about Burroughs, this is still worth watching.

Interesting to see that over 370 people have rated this movie but only one has bothered to review it! Make of that what you will.

Reviewed by jadavix 7 / 10

Interesting look at an unknowable man

"Burroughs" is a documentary about the man any fan is bound to find fascinating. For starters, he is involved from start to finish, and the movie also features Allen Ginsberg in conversation with the writer. His son, Billy Burroughs, who killed himself during the making of the movie also shows up, as well as Burroughs brother Mortimer.

The movie tells the story of Burroughs' life, but more interesting to me were some of the digressions, for example Burroughs, in the suit and tie he is always wearing, reading his transgressive opus Naked Lunch in a night club in front of a crowd of young people, and most bizarrely, Burroughs showing off his weapon collection: a blow gun, air pistol, combat knife, blackjack... he slashes the knife at the camera, explaining that with this blade you could cut someone's throat before they even knew what hit them.

But he doesn't like violence, he explains.

There is also an explanation of the night when his wife Joan was killed in an accident: Ginsberg believes it was suicidal ideation on Joan's part that made her encourage Burroughs to try to shoot a wineglass off her head. Burroughs, on the other hand, calls it an "ugly spirit" he has always lived with that made him take the shot and miss.

All up, "Burroughs" is a must see for fans of the man, who still remains an enigma to me after having seen it. He resists description just as his work resists categorization.

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