William S. Burroughs: A Man Within [DVD] [2010]

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Special Features

  • 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


William S. Burroughs: A Man Within
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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • William S. Burroughs
    William S. Burroughs
  • Peter Weller
    Peter Weller - Narrator/Interviewee
  • David Cronenberg
    David Cronenberg
  • John Waters
    John Waters
  • Iggy Pop
    Iggy Pop

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