Bukowski: Born Into This Poster

Release Date: May 28th, 2004

DVD Release Date: March 21st, 2006

R|2 hr 10 min

Plot Summary
This documentary chronicles the writer Charles Bukowski, who is as well known for his drinking binges as for his poetry and prose. Using interviews with Bukowski and other footage, filmmaker John Dullaghan tells the story of a man who struggles to make a living while he writes from the heart. Then, after editor John Martin of Black Sparrow Press discovers Bukowski, his work becomes much more widely read. The film also includes comments from famous fans Bono, Sean Penn and Harry Dean Stanton.

Cast: Bono , John Bryan

Director: John Dullaghan

Genres: Documentary

Keywords: Brash, Wife, Amusing, Offbeat, 1980s, Los Angeles, Girlfriend, Rise, 1950s, 1970s, Passionate

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  • How much was legend, how much was pose, how much was real? I think it was all real, and the documentary suggests as much. show more

  • Wants to claim Bukowski (1920-1994) as a 20th-century West Coast Walt Whitman -- a people's poet of modern degradation. Through a selective presentation of his writing and a reverently crass treatment of his life, it makes a funny, often intensely moving case, and you're having such a good time that you're glad to let it. show more

  • Despite the fact there's no lack of raw material, Bukowski fails to place its subject's actions and statements in any psychological or literary context. It's simply a celebration of Bukowski's misogyny and self-abuse. show more

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