Bukowski: Born into This (2003)
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Critic Reviews for Bukowski: Born into This
Provides an overview of Bukowski's work and allows us to gaze into the soul of a man who built a fortress of toughness around his vulnerable core.
The filmmaker knows when to shift the rhythm of his investigation. The authenticity of art is woven with the artifice of life.
Over a period of seven years, Dullaghan interviewed hundreds of people who knew or were affected by Bukowski. The result is both wide-ranging and intimate.
How much was legend, how much was pose, how much was real? I think it was all real, and the documentary suggests as much.
Audience Reviews for Bukowski: Born into This
This film is a terrific overview of the man's life and career, filled with archival footage of readings, interviews with his friends and family and some strange behind the scenes stuff of he and his ladies around the home. Painting a rather thorough portrait of the man, his humble origins and the lifestyle that both fueled his writing while almost killing him at the same time, we even get to follow the man around L.A. in snippets of older footage, which is an interesting way to see his life. Highly recommended.
A fascinating look at the troubled and prolific Charles Bukowski. I have a special place in my heart for artists who suffer and wallow in their work, and this film does a great job of showing the complexities and demons of one of America's celebrated writers.
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.
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