Bukowski: Born into This

Packed with interviews and rare footage culled from every phase of Bukowski's past, this intimate portrait of writer Charles Bukowski reveals a tortured man who survived years of abuse to produce some of the most influential prose of his generation.
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An amazing, worthy journey.
Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News  full review
Provides an overview of Bukowski's work and allows us to gaze into the soul of a man who built a fortress of toughness around his vulnerable core.
Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
The filmmaker knows when to shift the rhythm of his investigation. The authenticity of art is woven with the artifice of life.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post  full review
How much was legend, how much was pose, how much was real? I think it was all real, and the documentary suggests as much.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
Dullaghan's raw and defining documentary about the man -- and the myth.
Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune  full review
A portrait of a sometimes surly, often foulmouthed, always brilliant artist that is at once humane, horrific, hilarious and deeply moving.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post  full review
It is wide-ranging, it is fair, it is thorough, and although it admires, it is also tough enough to condemn.
Stephen Hunter, Washington Post  full review
A great documentary about a fine writer and horrible human being.
Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution  full review
It reveals Bukowski to be a far grander artist than his bum's armor would suggest.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly  full review
As a thorough examination of what made this boozing, brawling womanizer tick, Born Into This can't be beat.
Megan Lehmann, New York Post
Without straining, this definitive, deeply engrossing film biography makes a strong case for Charles Bukowski as a major American poet.
Stephen Holden, New York Times  full review
Speaks for the idolaters without apology. Yet it maintains just enough level-headedness to show the darker, not-so-admirable aspects of the Bukowski legend.
Gene Seymour, Newsday  full review
Charles Bukowski, the bard of post-war L.A.'s working-class underbelly, was no ordinary cult writer, and John Dullaghan's thorough, compelling doc Bukowski: Born Into This does a credible job of showing why.
Mark Holcomb, Village Voice  full review
'Poet laureate of the gutter,' ranter, sexual boaster, bane of the middle class and lifelong outcast, the writer cultivated a persona that begs for documentary treatment, and he gets a good one in Bukowski: Born Into This.
Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
You come out of the theater wanting to beeline to a bookstore, grab a copy of Post Office or Love Is a Dog From Hell, and adjust your opinion as necessary.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
Accomplishes beautifully what it sets out to do, which is to reveal the man behind the crusty, hard-drinking, tough-talking persona Charles Bukowski so artfully crafted.
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times  full review
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  • Release Year: 2003
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 113 min
  • Available From: Dec 14, 2012
  • Queued by: 501 people
Directed By
John Dullaghan
Charles Bukowski, Sean Penn, Harry Dean Stanton, Bono, Taylor Hackford, Barbet Schroeder, Tom Waits

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