Criterion Collection Review – Burroughs: The Movie

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Burroughs the movie

Burroughs: The Movie is a one of a kind documentary, the only one in which William Burroughs fully participated. This doc features candid conversations with the man himself, and his friends and contemporaries, about his life. All topics are covered, from his childhood home and upbringing to his meteoric rise as one of ‘America’s greatest living writers’. For any fan of Burroughs work this doc is a must see; the depth and detail is unparalleled.

The film took a long path from its original release in 1983 to the Criterion edition coming out today. The film’s Director Howard Brookner passed away in 1989 and over twenty years later his nephew began a search for a print to restore. Finally locating one in the MoMA archive, he launched a Kickstarter to fund a digital restoration.

His successful efforts have preserved for all time this priceless Burroughs footage and his Uncle’s first film in a stunning digital transfer that looks amazing on the disc. Among the extras and outtakes are some amazing interviews with both crew members of the original production and the restoration effort. Of particular interest is the interview with Aaron Brookner on his uncle and Burroughs: The Movie.


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Adam RuhlCriterion Collection Review – Burroughs: The Movie