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William S. Burroughs [videorecording] : A man within / Oscilloscope Laboratories ; Yonilizer Productions and Bulletproof Film present ; a film by Yony Leyser ; co-produced by Ilko Davidov and Carmine Cervi ; produced, written, and directed by Yony Leyser.

William S. Burroughs A man within

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Main DVD Biography Burroughs, William S. (Text) 31307019277849 Movies - Non Fiction Available -

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  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (87 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Edition: Widescreen
  • Publisher: [Chicago, IL] : Yonilizer Productions ; c2011.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Special features: Deleted scenes (6 min.); Home movies [featurette] (17 min); Shotgun art (3 min.); Sonic Youth visit (3 min.); "Naked Lunch" 50th anniversary [featurette] (20 min.); "Rub Out the Word" [music video] (3 min.); "Psalm 23 Revisited" (1 min.); Q & A with director Yony Leyser at BFI Film Festival 2010 [featurette] (12 min.); Oscilloscope releases [previews] (5 min.).
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- Beat generation -- Pioneer -- Andy and the boys -- Love -- Hustlers -- Cut-up method -- "Walking pharmacologist" -- Rid of junk -- Guns, knives, snakes -- William Tell routine -- "Naked Lunch" -- Punk rock -- Collaborations -- Shotgun art -- Father and son -- Lawrence, Kansas -- End credits.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Editor, Ilko Davidov ; music by Lee Ranaldo, Thurston Moore, Sonic Youth, Jesse Smith, Patti Smith, Devin McNulty, The Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar, John Bellows, JJ and Bernard ; animation, Aimee Goguen, Dillon Markey ; camera, Carlos Benvides, Eric Burton, Rollin Hunt, Michael Raines, Scott Reis, Michael Schwesheimer, Sam Storn.
Participant or Performer Note:
Narrated by Peter Weller; commentators, John Waters, Peter Weller, James Grauerholz, Amiri Baraka, V. Vale, Dennis M. Dailey, Ira Silverberg, Laurie Anderson, Victor Bockris, Patti Smith, Marcus Ewert, Gus Van Sant, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Barry Miles, Regina Weinreich, Diane DiPrima, Iggy Pop, Tom Peschio, Wayne Propst, Robert McColl, Fred Aldrich, Patricia Elliot Marvin, Dean Ripa, Anne Waldman, John Giorno, Steve Silberman, David Cronenberg, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Jello Biafra, Hal Willner, Grant Hart; archive footage, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol.
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Originally produced as an American documentary in 2010.
Summary, etc.:
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.
Target Audience Note:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
System Details Note:
DVD; Region 0 (All), NTSC; Dolby digital stereo; widescreen presentation, 1.78:1 aspect ratio.
Language Note:
In English with optional subtitles in English.
Subject: Burroughs, William S., 1914-1997.
Authors, American > 20th century > Biography.
Genre: Documentary films.
Nonfiction films.
Biographical films.
Films for the hearing impaired.

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