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A grainy portrait of author William S. Burroughs, stitched together from interviews, clips and readings of his work.
An oft-moving portrayal of one of literature's most prominent voices, an intimate and humanising account of a legend of twentieth-century American culture.
[Director Howard] Brookner does very little in the way of presenting the material with either wit or imagination.
Like much of Burroughs' writing, the film has a shaggy dog tale quality, rambling along in a way which does not at first seem nearly as informative as it actually is, then bursting into moments of brilliant radicalism.
The doc reminds us that in the early 1980s, William S. Burroughs's rediscovery in America was just underway, and it bears witness to this quiet renaissance.
"Burroughs" goes deep, giving audiences an honest and real look at a genuine cult figure.
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