Bukowski: Born into This

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



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Advertising writer John Dullaghan makes his feature-length directorial debut with the documentary Bukowski: Born Into This. The infamous poet, novelist, and screenwriter Charles Bukowski has made a legacy of writing about hard living in a unique prose style. His work paralleled his lifestyle, leading to the autobiographical novels Women, Hollywood, and Post Office. This documentary investigates his life through archival clips, interviews, and footage of the man himself. He appears at a public reading in San Francisco's City Lights Bookstore. Conversations with Bukowski's friends, including rock star Bono and actor Sean Penn, reveals some personal stories and experiences. Bukowski: Born Into This was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in the documentary competition at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Bukowski: Born into This

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Audience Reviews for Bukowski: Born into This

  • 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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