Featuring never-before-seen archival footage of Burroughs, as well as exclusive interviews with colleagues and confidants including John Waters, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Gus Van Sant, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Sonic Youth, Laurie Anderson, Amiri Baraka, Jello Biafra, and David Cronenberg, _ William S. Burroughs: A Man Within_ is a probing, yet loving look at the man whose works at once savaged conservative ideals, spawned countercultural movements, and reconfigured 20th century culture. The film is narrated by Peter Weller, with a soundtrack by Patti Smith and Sonic Youth.
Burroughs was one of the first writers to break the boundaries of queer and drug culture in the 1950’s. His novel Naked Lunch is one of the most recognized and respected literary works of the 20th century and has influenced generations of artists. The intimate documentary breaks the surface of the troubled and brilliant world of one of the greatest authors of all time. –Oscilloscope Films
3/5 - 4 stars "I have never been gay a day in my life and I'm sure as hell not a part of any movement", said the same man that wrote 'this' queer novel because he was the only one who could write it and because he had "a duty to do these things". Burroughs was a deconstructor of labels and that's what especially calls my attention to him.
I've been interested in Burroughs for years. I think when I first used opiates, he was someone who I thought was brave. Now that I can look back on those years of my life, this film really made me think about my past more humanely, rather than regretfully. "Wherever I go and whatever I do I am always in the strait-jacket of junk, unable to move a finger to free myself." The ultimate control.
I believe we can consider this a recommendation: "A few times each decade, the Museum of Modern Art mounts a film retrospective so focused