Downtrodden writer Henry (Mickey Rourke) and distressed goddess Wanda (Faye Dunaway) aren’t exactly husband and wife: they’re wedded to their bar stools. But they like each other’s company – and Barfly captures their giddy, din-soaked attempts to make a go of life on the skids. —Warner Home Video
Barbet Schroeder’s Swiss geologist father was on assignment in Iran when he was born. After a globe-trotting childhood, Schroeder was educated at the Sorbonne; then, like half the under-30 population of France (or so it seemed), he became a movie critic. Brief jobs as a jazz concert producer and news photographer followed before Schroeder went to work as an assistant for one of his role models, French director Jean-Luc Godard. In 1964, the 22-year-old Schroeder set up his own film production company, Les Films du Losange. Among the many prominent pictures produced by Schroeder include director Eric Rohmer’s “Moral Tales” La Collectioneuse (1966), My Night at Maud’s (1969), and Claire’s Knee (1970). Schroeder himself turned director with 1969’s More, gaining critical attention with several unorthodox documentaries. With the American film Barfly (1987), Schroeder established himself as a prime purveyor of “slice of life” drama — albeit entertaining enough to please the crowd. Oscar nominated… read more
"Each day is a window that opens briefly after the hangover and before the blackout, and you can never tell what you'll see through that window." -Roger Ebert
Faye Dunaway acts like Cat Lady and beats everyone. "Regard the society of women as a necessary unpleasantness of social life and avoid it as much as possible."
Bukowski abhorred this depiction of himself. In Bukowski: Born into This, he describes Rourke as a pretty boy w/ long hair who didn’t get it right. In the same documentary, director Barbet Shroeder… read review