Bukowski: Born into This
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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,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"An amazing, worthy journey."
‑ Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News
"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."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"We witness Bukowski warts and all in his worst, in his best, and at his most violent--and we still love him for it."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"[Bukowski] is never seen in less than fighting spirit or formidable form throughout the documentary Bukowski: Born into This."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Born Into This, its title taken from one of his poems, is a remarkable movie, because, like Crumb or even American Splendor, it adores the very people most of us might ignore if they passed us on the street."
‑ Robert Wilonsky, Dallas Observer
"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."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"How much was legend, how much was pose, how much was real? I think it was all real, and the documentary suggests as much."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This thorough documentary is essential for the poet's fans."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Loving tribute to an American original"
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"You get to see more of the down side of the man than the genius of his work, it almost falls into that 'too much information' category."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"The filmmaker knows when to shift the rhythm of his investigation. The authenticity of art is woven with the artifice of life."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Dullaghan's raw and defining documentary about the man -- and the myth."
‑ Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune
"there is plenty of conflict to be found in the Bukowski's life and work, yet little of it makes its way into Born into This"
‑ Matt McKillop, Filmcritic.com
"Dullaghan uncovers the human being behind the myth, thanks again to old footage."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"a loving tribute to a writer, his craft and, above all, the idea of living and dying by one's own creed"
‑ Jay Antani, Los Angeles Alternative
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