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||IMDB Rating: 7.1/10 from N/A votes
||Release: 12 Dec 2010 /
||Director: Yony Leyser,
||Synopsis: William S. Burroughs: featuring never before seen footage as well as exclusive interviews with his closest friends and colleagues. Born the heir of the Burroughs' adding machine estate, he ...
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Expectations often drive us. The expectation of full-boat tickets to
film festivals like the one recently in Sarasota is that you get to go
where you please and when. Once there, you have expectations that some
films, based on your predilections, will entice you more than others.
Such was the case for my anticipation of the William S Burroughs
documentary that I had heard nothing about before it showing up in the
SFF playbill. This guy was at least an anti-hero to any wierdster like
myself who matured from the late 1950's to the early 1970's. But how to
present such a life of what may be one of the most unrepresentable
individuals from the 20th Century.
And from a first time filmmaker who was likely enjoying his Captain
Crunch the morning the world learned of this infamous man's passing.
How could Yony Leyser possibly know and appreciate an at best
unknowable enigma from the weird subdivision in boomer-town's hall of
What you get, fortunately, is a film that may tear through the fabric
of any experienced viewers strategies on figuring out what beguiles
them while viewing. Burroughs was so unpurposely misunderstood by
default that he fits into a category of his own unconscious making. At
best, I expected, in Burroughs' own words from the film, an 'unprecise'
'approximation' of the man whose infamy, in so many ways, took on a
mass far, if not infinitely, greater than the addicted, queer,
paranoid, but always genteel man he may have been
In presentation, the film explodes past expectations of standard
documentary forms like some kind of mutation that I think Burroughs
would have loved. The formula, whatever it may be, affects in ways that
award winning Alex Gibney did not capture nearly as evocatively in his
screed on another modern hipster icon of excess, Hunter S Thompson.
Throughout, the style contests your expectations in expansive ways you
likely have not experienced. The always artistic, multi-textural
presentation cannot possibly, as Burroughs life, be seen in one
viewing. This is not unique in documentaries. What may be unique,
however, is that other than those IMAX explorations of nature and
beyond, the film may be the one documentary that demands to be seen in
as big a venue as possible so you may best swim in its excesses and
nuances. If the film gets enough attention beyond festivals to be
considered award worthy, they may have to invent a category.
In judgment, it has that feel of a discovery found on a fairly long
trail of enticing experiences with an array of individuals who had the
privilege of hanging with the man for any length of time. What you may
be witnessing is an education similar to Candide's travels with the Dr.
Pangloss that Burroughs was to so many. What better possible vision of
Burrough's world could there be! In the end, one is left with the
ultimate contradiction of that dead pan voice from the man in his
perennial three piece evoking provoking prose that leaves vapor trails
in the aether of your mind in those places where it may resonate for
As is should be. As it will be. As it is.
Thank you, Mr. Leyser for dedicating five years of your young life to
this adventure. It was well worth it.
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