William S. Burroughs: A Man Within

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Released 2010

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William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, from filmmaker Jonathan Leyser, is a fascinating portrait of Beat-era writer William S. Burroughs, a man whose sexuality, enthusiasm for guns and public struggle with opiate addiction made him a singular figure in American counterculture. Rare archival footage of Burroughs's odd antics and candid reflections from friends -- including John Waters, Iggy Pop, Amiri Baraka and members of Sonic Youth -- reveal the twisted genius of a literary icon.

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  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    It is all either blood-chilling or hilarious. For those who celebrate Burroughs as one of the darkest and greatest of all comic artists, he is an extreme social satirist of Swiftia...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    "A Man Within" won't be the last word on Burroughs, who died in 1997, but it's a welcome addition to the biographical canon - less as clear-eyed investigation than for the intimate...

  • 70

    Variety

    There is a wealth of anecdotal material. Like his subject, Leyser strives to disengage from the conventional, while still being lucid. He succeeds admirably.

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    Arts, Documentary

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    Independent, Biography, Literature & Writing, Art & Artists