Skip to main content

BUKOWSKI: BORN INTO THIS

USA, 2004 (MIFF 2004, Documentaries)

Director: John Dullahan

Bukowski: Born Into This USA

'Here's a movie that requires you to tie one on after, if not during the screening. Bukowski: Born Into This presents just about everything you want to know about the legendary author and I don't think I saw a finer film at Sundance this year. I have a new respect for the man thanks to this phenomenal film. For fans, this is a dream come true. The film is jam-packed with interviews that include Bukowski expanding on debauched tales that readers have known and loved for years. You can tell it's pretty tough on the guy and it's almost as tough on the audience to watch.

'More importantly, we get to see a different side of Charles Bukowski. Now, certainly this sensitive side has shown through in some of his writing, but did you ever think you'd see the man cry' During an interview, Bukowski reads a poem about one of his ex-girlfriends and upon mentioning her name, breaks into tears, reading the rest of the piece while weeping. I haven't been so shocked since I saw John Lydon break down while talking about Sid Vicious in The Filth and the Fury. Of course, he recomposes himself and reverts back to the Bukowski we are all familiar with blurting, 'shit, I read you the wrong poem. - Film Threat

D/P John Dullahan WS Films Transit International TD Video/Col/2002/90mins

John Dullahan's films: Bukowski: Born Into This (MIFF 2004).

See also...

GUERILLA: THE TAKING OF PATTY HEARST

Guerilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst USA ,/i>'Death to the Fascist insect that preys on the life of the people!' With that incendiary battle cry, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) declared war on ... More »

GAY REPUBLICANS

A gay Republican may well be the definition of an American oxymoron. In 2004, President Bush's opposition to gay marriage was writ large in his support for a Constitutional amendment that would ... More »

twist of faith

"Oscar-nominated [Twist of Faith] puts a face to the media stories about allegations of sex abuse by Catholic priests. The face belongs to Tony Comes, a firefighter of Toledo, Ohio. The film reveals ... More »

INJURY TO ONE, AN

An Injury to One USA Butte, Montana is considered the most toxic city in the United States, the legacy of copper mining that took US$25 billion out of the ground and left more than 10,000 workers ... More »

LIBERIA: AN UNCIVIL WAR

Summer 2003 and a bloody urban battle, fought largely by teenage soldiers, raged through the streets of Monrovia. It would be the final battle of a decade-long civil war between loyalists to ... More »

FARMINGVILLE

Farmingville USA In September 2000, two Mexican workers were beaten nearly to death by young white youths in the New York state town of Farmingville. This explosive documentary examines the ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director