Burroughs: The Movie

Howard Brookner
USA, GBR 1983, 2014

BURROUGHS: THE MOVIE explores the life and times of controversial “Naked Lunch” author William S. Burroughs, with an intimacy never before seen and never repeated. The film charts the development of Burroughs’ unique literary style and his wildly unconventional life, including his travels from the American Midwest to North Africa and several personal tragedies. BURROUGHS: THE MOVIE is the first and only feature length documentary to be made with and about Burroughs. The film was directed by the late Howard Brookner, begun in 1978 as Brookner’s senior thesis at NYU film school before expanding into a feature completed five years later in 1983. Sound was recorded by Jim Jarmusch, and the film was shot by Tom DiCillo, fellow NYU classmates and both very close friends of Brookner’s.

In the presence of Aaron Brookner (Producer) and Paula Vaccaro (Producer).

  • Jim Jarmusch
  • Amit Bose
  • Dean Humphreys
  • James Lebovitz
  • Tom Dicillo
  • Mike Southon
  • Scott Vickrey
  • Ben Morris
  • William S. Burroughs
  • Lauren Hutton
  • Patti Smith
  • Allen Ginsberg
  • Terry Southern
  • Jackie Curtis
  • Brion Gysin
  • John Giorno
  • Francis Bacon
Howard Brookner, BBC Arena Pinball London, Citifilmworks, Criterion Collection, Janus Films

Janus Films

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