William S. Burroughs: A Man Within
William S. Burroughs: featuring never before seen footage as well as exclusive interviews with his closest friends and colleagues. Born the heir of the Burroughs’ adding machine estate, he struggled throughout his life with addiction, control systems, and self. He was forced to deal with the tragedy of killing his wife and the repercussions of neglecting his son. His novel, Naked Lunch, was one of the last books to be banned by the U.S. government. Allen Ginsberg and Norman Mailer testified on behalf of the book. The courts eventually overturned their decision in 1966, ruling that the book had an important social value. It remains one of the most recognized literary works of the 20th century. William Burroughs was one of the first to cross the dangerous boundaries of queer and drug culture in the 1950s, and write about his experiences. Eventually he was hailed the godfather of the beat generation and influenced artists for generations to come… Written by Yony Leyser
William S. Burroughs is one of the three Beat poets; Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg were the other two. He is certainly the smartest, the best educated, and probably the nastiest of the three. If you’re curious about the Beat Movement, this is certainly the documentary for you. It’s well done; you come away with a feeling of who the man was. He lamentably and regrettably and publicly ended up shooting his wife in the head. You’ll hear about that as well. This as far as documentaries go, it’s a very well done documentary. The question is, do you care about William S. Burroughs. If you do, you’ll probably give it five stars. If you don’t, you’ll probably give it two. So I’d give it three, three and a half.