Burroughs [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1983]

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Special Features

  • Audio Interview with Director Howard Brookner from 1985
  • Footage from the 2014 New York Film Festival premiere of the film's restoration, featuring a Q&A with Jarmusch, Aaron Brookner, filmmaker Tom DiCillo, and William S. Burrough's friend and fellow writer James Grauerholz
  • New Audio Commentary by Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, who was a sound recordist on the film
  • New Interview with Brookner's nephew, filmmaker Aaron Brookner, who oversaw the film's restoration
  • New, high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Plus: An essay by critic Luc Sante and collage artwork by artist Alison Mosshart
  • Rare Outtakes
  • Twenty-three-minute experimental edit of the film from 1981 by inventor and photographer Robert E. Fulton III


This biographical documentary on author and eccentric William S. Burroughs (Naked Lunch), founder of the Beat Generation literary movement along with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, is roughly divided into two segments. The first part has some witty scenes as the camera follows the author around to his various early haunts in the U.S., London, and Morocco. His friends are interviewed, including an interesting segment with Allen Ginsberg. In the second half of the film Burroughs becomes more of an exhibitionist than a subject, suggesting that discretionary editing would have made a smaller but better final version. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • William S. Burroughs
    William S. Burroughs
  • Allen Ginsberg
    Allen Ginsberg
  • Image coming soon
    Terry Southern
  • Image coming soon
    Jackie Curtis
  • Patti Smith
    Patti Smith

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