Barbaric Genius (2011)

Barbaric Genius

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The story of John Healy, who went from street wino to world-class chess player to award-winning author and then disappeared from view. An extraordinary man's remarkable life, a struggle against himself and society, a story of violence, art and possible redemption.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Art House & International, Special Interest
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All Critics (5)

Fascinating.

Full Review… | May 28, 2012
Observer [UK]

[Convinces] us of an obscured talent whose lack of exposure remains something of a mystery.

Full Review… | May 25, 2012
Daily Telegraph

The film skirts around his emotional life, but it's a gripping study.

Full Review… | May 24, 2012
Guardian

This is a sad film about the fate of the writer John Healy, who survived a brutal childhood and spent the whole of the 1960s drunk in the parks of London's Camden Town.

Full Review… | May 24, 2012
Financial Times

More than just a biography or personal celebration, a film about heady highs and excruciating lows of the creative life.

Full Review… | May 24, 2012
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