- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 27 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 15, 2011
- Originally Released: 2010
- Label: Oscilloscope
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Note: Deleted scene featuring Burroughs' art
- Home movies featuring Patti Smith, Steve Buscemi, Allen Ginsberg, and others
- More of Burroughs' shotgun art
- Sonic Youth visits Burroughs in Lawrence, Kansas
- Naked Lunch 50th anniversary celebration
- "Rub Out the Word" - a music video featuring Burroughs reading the Last Words of Hassan Sabbah
- Patti Smith reads Psalm 23 Revisited
- Q&a with director Yony Leyser at BFI London Film Festival 2010
- With exclusive essays by David Byrne and Richard Hell
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Wilderness Road &
Master Musicians of Jajouka &
Director of Photography:
Gus Van Sant,
Andre Leon Talley,
Victor Bockris &
Los Angeles Times - 11/25/2010
"[I]t's a welcome addition to the biographical canon -- less as clear-eyed investigation than for the intimate and moving portrait it paints."
New York Times - 11/17/2010
"A MAN WITHIN is embellished with scratchy line drawing that evokes Burroughs's skeletal vision of humanity."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/23/2010
"Burroughs' life off the page was as fascinating as the scatological doom poetry in his masterpiece NAKED LUNCH."
A.V. Club - 11/11/2010
"Yony Leyser's reverent documentary WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN offers a concise summary of Burroughs' life and works."
The curious life of controversial avant-garde author and Beat poet William S. Burroughs serves as the subject of this documentary from Chicago-based filmmaker Yony Leyser. A gay drug addict who shot to infamy with his unguarded look at the drug and queer cultures, Burroughs made headlines when he shot his wife in Mexico City, and achieved infamy when his groundbreaking novel NAKED LUNCH was banned in the U.S. David Cronenberg, John Waters, Genesis P-Orridge, Patty Smith, Gus Van Sant, Laurie Anderson, and other celebrities/artists influenced by Burroughs' surreal body of work weigh in on why his influence today is still as strong as it was when he was in peak form.
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