Charles Bukowski par Barbet Schroeder (The Charles Bukowski Tapes). 1985. France. Directed by Barbet Schroeder. 120 min.
These haunting monologues by Charles Bukowski, which Barbet Schroeder taped over several years of nightly drinking sessions, were made in the spirit of Dostoyevsky’s Notes from Underground, and they became the raw material for Schroeder’s fictional portrait of the poet-author, Barfly, in 1987. Schroeder would fondly recall, “I was always waiting for the moment when Hank would go into one of his short monologues. They were as beautiful, powerful and funny as his writing, and always related directly to personal experience.”
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