Bukowski: Born into This

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Released 2003

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Director:
John Dullaghan
Released:
2003
Rating:
R
Bukowski: Born Into This is a documentary film that was directed by John Dullaghan and released in 2003. It delves deeply into the life of Charles Bukowski, a prolific poet and novelist of the 60s, 70s, and beyond. Bukowski: Born Into This features footage of Bukowski himself during all part of his turbulent life, from violent interviews with him and his wife, Linda Lee Bukowski, to video of his infamous drunken poetry readings. The film also includes interviews from some respected literary critics, Bukowski's friends, and even some celebrity fans such as U2's Bono. Other appearances include Tom Waits, Harry Dean Stanton, Sean Penn, Joyce Fante, author John Fante's wife, and Barbet Schroeder, producer of 1987's Barfly, which is based on Bukowski's life. From a abusive childhood to an alcoholic adulthood, Bukowski's life was never boring and he wrote about it all. In his novels, Post Office (1971), Factotum (1975), Women (1978), Ham on Rye (1982), Hollywood (1989), and his books of poetry such as Mockingbird Wish Me Luck (1972), Love is a Dog From Hell (1977), and The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills (1969), Bukowski bared his soul for all to read. In Bukowski: Born Into This, Dullaghan presents an intimate and honest portrayal of the man behind the words.moreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Definitive and engrossing documentary.

  • 80

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Makes a compelling case for raising him (Bukowski) from cult status to the top rank of 20th century U.S. literary figures -- while providing ample evidence of a very colorful life ...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Accomplishes beautifully what it sets out to do, which is to reveal the man behind the crusty, hard-drinking, tough-talking persona Charles Bukowski so artfully crafted.

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