Burroughs (1983)

Genres - History, Language & Literature  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Literary Studies, Social History  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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This biographical documentary on author and eccentric William S. Burroughs (Naked Lunch), founder of the Beat Generation literary movement along with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, is roughly divided into two segments. The first part has some witty scenes as the camera follows the author around to his various early haunts in the U.S., London, and Morocco. His friends are interviewed, including an interesting segment with Allen Ginsberg. In the second half of the film Burroughs becomes more of an exhibitionist than a subject, suggesting that discretionary editing would have made a smaller but better final version.

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