William S. Burroughs: A Man Within
First screened in July 2011
Director: Yony Leyser. Documentary about the legendary Beat-associated author of Naked Lunch and other texts. Interview subjects include Laurie Anderson, David Cronenberg, Diane DiPrima, Patti Smith, John Waters, and Peter Weller. Screenplay: Yony Leyser. Twitter Capsule:
Evocative portrait if largely familiar. The reverence gets a little thick. Striking gun scenes.
Watched this in the midst of Burroughs research. Might have been too immersed to be struck by its originality. Then again, if even I couldn't get too worked up...