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A thoroughly engrossing documentary examining the life of talented but troubled writer Charles Bukowski. Read critic reviews

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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.

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John Dullaghan
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Diane Markrow
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John McCormick
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Critic Reviews for Bukowski: Born Into This

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  • Jul 02, 2011
    If you love Bukowski you will love this. My love for the man dried up many moons ago. However, the documentary is exhausting in its research and archived footage and even when Bukowski is being a misogynistic, violent human the movie switches tones to suggest what is likely to be the cause of such behaviour. The best person interviewed? Tom Waits, of course.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2010
    A heartfelt, interesting portrait of one of America's greatest writers. The presence of Bono felt completely out of place and even a bit intrusive, but aside from that I enjoyed everything about this film.
    Mike T Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2007
    moving documentary on the mad poet bukowski who never compromised his work. a powerful portrait of a brave yet fragile man who some would call an asshole
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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