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Until recently, when The Wrestler took the world by storm, Bafly was considered Mickey Rourke's most passionate and gritty performance.This dark tale of drunkenness, violence and self loathing refects his brooding persona perfectly. Add to this the fact that his character is a phenomenally talented but self destructive artist and you'd swear the role had written for him. Barlfy is the fictionalised autobiography by cult writer and underground hero, Charles Bukowski and is an unflinching portrayal of life one step up from the gutter. Rourke's performance as a self hating, mean spirited anti-hero is darl and brutal but retains a kind of selfish, desperate beauty, especially in respect to the doomed relationship that develops between him and a fellow lost a soul. Film nerds a Bukowski buffs are very excited that this long deleted and much sought after classic is coming available again. Finally, Mickey Rourke's legion old fans can reminded and his new fans can discover what the world seems to have forgotten, that he was always this good.
Top Customer Reviews
Rourke was not Bukowski's first choice. Afterall, Rourke is an East Coast type, but he managed to fit himself to the role in fine gusto, taking on the persona of Bukowski in his early years in LA. Bukowski considered Faye Dunaway one of the last big-time Hollywood actresses, and speaks of her affectionately throughout his book. Bukowski didn't know what to make of Schroeder, who seemed to be singularly obsessed with Bukowski's life and times, to the point of trying to live it to capture the full essence of LA's skid row. Bukowski himself was enjoying a measure of success by this point, driving a BMW, an enjoying the finer things in life.
The film moves along at a brisk pace, bringing together a motley assortment of characters with Rourke playing his role to the hilt. Dunaway is first class as his punch drunk love. This is Rourke at his smarmiest best, take him or leave him, as one would Bukowski, who isn't everyone's bottle of muscatel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Barfly is not for everyone, you familiar with a local bar, with your local barflies? A need to see. I have watched this movie repeatly, Mickey and Faye's acting is outstanding. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mary McDermott
How could anyone not like this great movie--perfect9n every way. Mickey at his finest and Fye equally good. I've wanted to own for years and splurged, ut worth it and more. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Carol Ormandy
Dvd won't start. Return expired by time person I gave it to for Xmas opened and found it faulty.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Unfortunately even though it was new it did not work in our DVD player. I bought it as a gift for my husband, so I am disappointed! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer