Commissioner of Sewers combines interview and archival material, paintings and clips of William S. Burroughs' film appearances (including Decoder and Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy and Thanksgiving Prayer) with footage from Burroughs' last European reading in May of 1986. It is an essential and entertaining documentary for any viewer or reader who wants to know more about the 'father of the Beat Generation' and author of some of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, including Exterminator, The Place of Dead Roads and Naked Lunch.
COMMISSIONER OF SEWERS is an in-depth portrayal of cult icon William S. Burroughs, featuring Burroughs himself in conversation on his beliefs on language as a weapon, his theory of the world, the function of dreams, travel in time and space, mummification, and the socioeconomic system. Also included is footage from some of his public readings, film appearances, and shots of his paintings.
This film is a portrait of controversial writer William S. Burroughs. Filmmaker Klaus Maeck utilizes footage from the author's public readings, experimental films, and a lengthy interview with German author Jurgen Ploog. Among the topics Burroughs touches on are language and the function of dreams.
Copyright: 1991 Klaus Maeck/VAP Video Art Production.