“A wholly transparent visual biography of a literary giant”
– The Slant
“Rarely is a documentary as well attuned to its subject as Howard Brookner’s »Burroughs”
– The New York Times, 1983 review
The only feature doc about the legendary author, born just over 100 years ago, exploring Burroughs’s life with an intimacy never before seen and never repeated.
It was initially released in 1983, but just over two years ago, the late director’s nephew Aaron Brookner launched a Kickstarter campaign to restore the film.
Covering Burroughs’ time in New York, Tangier, London and Mexico, following him in unconventional travels across continents, and witnessing him turn from “full out junkie” into a literary legend, the documentary is notable for its experimental style and unprecedented access to Burroughs.
Allen Ginsberg and Patti Smith are just a few on the list of illustrious cast of the feature.
Among other quirks, the technical credits include illustrious classmates of director Howard Brookner: Jim Jarmusch as sound recordist, and Tom DeCillo as principal cinematographer.
1983, USA, 90 min.