William S. Burroughs

William S. Burroughs

A Man Within

DVD - 2011
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William Burroughs: the Beats éminence grise, "literary outlaw," culture hero to generations of poets, musicians, artists, and filmmakers who had their minds blown by his 1959 classic, banned-in-America "Naked Lunch." This film covers his life in a straightforward manner, but the portrait drawn is at odds with the character who wrote in outlandish graphic detail about then-forbidden sexuality in the 1950s and '60s. Heir to a family that lost its money, Harvard-educated and conservative in his attire, Burroughs--despite fame and acclaim--was troubled, reserved, and battled with addiction his entire life. Despite the openness of his prose, this film reveals Burroughs in the contradictions he embodied--a man generously affectionate with friends and acolytes, whose avuncular veneer covered up a haunting, enduring loneliness.
Publisher: [Chicago, IL] : Yonilizer Productions ; [New York, NY] : Distributed by Oscilloscope Pictures, c2011.
Branch Call Number: 921 BURROUGHS, WILLIAMS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (87 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Man within

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mMat
May 02, 2018

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''would you rather be a poisonous snake or a nonpoisonous snake?'' -- WSB#23

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pattyskypants
Sep 29, 2011

I always harbored a little resentment for Bill, but after seeing this I FINALLY understood. It's always a pleasure to jettison any little bit of negativity that has stuck to you throughout life. What I assumed to be Bill's whimsical, raucous approach I now see as wholly dignified. This is truly an excellent piece, no question.

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DALE MUCKERMAN
Apr 15, 2011

Burroughs was a one of a kind guy. You can take his art or leave it, but he is still interesting.

reynolds23 Mar 06, 2011

I just saw this film at the Cleveland Museum of Art. It is an amazing documentary about my favorite author. Burroughs is one of the most fascinating, experimental and controversial authors.

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