I can understand why some people prefer "Barfly" to this film. While I enjoy that film too, there's something about this film that gets things about Bukowski that Barfy doesn't. Ferreri is a stronger visual director then Schroeder. I think a big reason I love this film more is that it's more like Bukowski's poetry and "Barfly" is more like his novels and I like his poetry more then his novels. Gazzara's great.