Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 47: Sun Feb 16

Burroughs: The Movie (Brookner, 1983): ICA Cinema, 3.45pm

Here is the ICA introduction for a film which screens at the ICA cinema from February 16th to February 20th:

Burroughs: The Movie explores the life and times of controversial Naked Lunch author William S. Burroughs, with an intimacy never before seen and never repeated. The film charts the development of Burroughs’ unique literary style and his wildly unconventional life, including his travels from the American Midwest to North Africa and several personal tragedies. Burroughs: The Movie is the first and only feature length documentary to be made with and about Burroughs.

The film was directed by the late Howard Brookner, begun in 1978 as Brookner's senior thesis at NYU film school before expanding into a feature completed 5 years later in 1983.  Sound was recorded by Jim Jarmusch and the film was shot by Tom DiCillo, fellow NYU classmates and both very close friends of Brookner's.

Special Q&A - Sunday 16 Feb, 3:45pm
Barry Miles, author of the first major full-length biography on Burroughs in more than 25 years, will introduce the film and participate in a Q&A following the screening.

Chicago Reader review:
Howard Brookner's 1985 documentary profile of the now legendary avant-gardist William S. Burroughs, assembled from some 80 hours of interview footage. Overall an interesting, serious job, and the more controversial aspects of Burroughs's past and personality—such as his misogyny and his slaying of his wife—are squarely confronted.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is an extract.

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