Bukowski - Born Into This
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- Sneak peek at previously unpublished poems & "Dinosauria, We"
- "Born Into This" behind-the-scenes featurette
- Bukowski's final home footage from 1992
- Deleted scene
- Extended interviews with Bono, Linda Lee Bukowski, Taylor Hackford and Publisher John Martin
- Tom Waits and Bono read Bukowski poetry
Top Customer Reviews
I have always felt that eventhough Bukowski was/is incredibly famous by any "poet" measure, he has been sadly overlooked by the scholarly crowd. I can't imagine anybody reading a substantial portion of his work and not agreeing with me that Buk was one of the most influential and important writers of the last century. There have been several biographies written about Buk, none of which did him justice. This film is the first one in my opinion. You get a real feel for what made him tick, his genius and at times his recklessness. You also get a look at the love he had for his last wife and her unflailing patience with him.
The entire film is entertaining, touching, educational and everything else you could ask for.
My recommendation is see this even if the only connection you have to Buk is watching Barfly. You'll be picking up Post Office in no time.
Props to the filmmaker! A big thank you to Tom Waits (another favorite) for making an appearance and for reading the Buk poem. Others have tried to read Bukowski's stuff, and it just doesn't work, doesn't come off right. Waits is absolutely perfect for this sort of material and ought to consider doing an entire album of either Buk's prose and/or poetry.
Back to Bukowski for a minute: I don't care what his detractors continue to moan and gripe about when it comes to the man's work--because I said it more than 25 years ago and I'm still saying it today--and I will say keep saying it until the day I die: he was a mad genius!
One good/solid third of his output is pure GOLD--and I am talking about the best stuff. As a result, he will be read forever. In my opinion, this guy remains the greatest American poet of them all, period.
A third of his output is fair, and the last third is quite lousy, in fact, unreadable (and I place Pulp in that last third bunch; some of the stories in Hot Water Music are weak; the novel Hollywood is really not as good as it otherwise might have been, etc) -- but, so what? How many great hitters, get the best, can hit a homer each and every time at bat? Every single time? No way.
Did the writer have flaws and weaknesses as a man? Hell, yes! Who isn't flawed? I'm not perfect, and neither are you--or anyone else. All I have to say just take a real good look at what the man endured as a child, look what he lived through. And if you can't understand that, and don't get it, or simply REFUSE to get it...well, there is nothing else to be said.Read more ›
It's really not a pretty tale. Bukowski led a sorrowful life. Although, its damage was somewhat mitigated by his later, unforeseeable, success in which "the blondes with the [certain unmentionable physical attribute] came too late." There was a certain, dare-I-say, nobility about this dirty and talented old man. He existed to drink, write, and have sex. He was what he was, and how many people can say the same? There was not a once of pretension in him. He had a high level of artistic integrity and wrote diligently every day. Even if one doesn't like Charles Bukowski or feels repulsed by him, his perspective was so unique that one must appreciate him. What a life! This documentary captures the man far better than any book that I've read about him. I'd say R.I.P., but I'm not sure peace is something he ever wanted.
My negatives about the documentary: I watched this film on a whim and was so engrossed in the info I received, I just couldnt watch the film in an objective way to relay a good mix of negatives.
However, I do agree with another commentor how some of the interviews were a bummer. From his last wife, Linda #2, I didnt feel any sincerity or care or emotion coming from her as she stood today. And I feel as if thats an unfair statement to make about the documentary's appeal because I was truly doubtful of Linda's "love" for Bukowski versus being doubtful of the credibility of the documentary.
And then some of the other interviews ... like the guy who was Bukowski's first publisher, Bono, etc, I just found them really un-enlightening.
My main love for this documentary comes from my assumptions about Bukowski (through his poetry) being discredited by seeing the real man on this film. I thought Bukowski was just a loud, "dirty old man". And, in some sense, he was - but not in the way I had perceived.
Some of you guys might think Im simple but . . .
- I really loved hearing Bukowski's poems being read by Bukowski. He has a scratchy, but somehow gentle voice.
- I liked how Bukowski answered questions asked by reporters. They certainly asked him the rollyoureye questions, like "what is love?" but he played along and answered them - in a very poetic way. You could see him give the question considerable thought. Then he'd smirk and say something beautiful.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bar Fly movie would not play on multiple DVDs/blue ray players. Factum damaged disk receiver. Was a gift to a friend and return window closed.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Come on, it's CHARLES Bukoski..."If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul to lose." Roll the dice...Published 4 months ago by mandyleah3
Interesting video of on of the crazy ones. I watched this and Factotum the same night. I thought Factotum was a better movie. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Flynn Fan
This is not only essential viewing in understanding the man and his artistry but a great documentary. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ludwig Vantrikt
I only discovered Bukowski last year. An over looked writer. He wrote "Bar Fly" with Mickey Rourke that was Bukowski's life story. Read morePublished 18 months ago by William Dakota
I'm a Bukowski fan from way back and this is a good doc. Maybe even better, though, are the DVD extras of "Hank Chinaski" reading.Published 20 months ago by Northeast
This is one of those rare documentaries that should appeal to viewers who are newcomers to the Charles Bukowski mystique and also to those of us who know a lot about him. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kathy Webb