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SOME PEOPLE NEVER GO CRAZY. WHAT TRULY HORRIBLE LIVES THEY MUST LEAD.
Henry Chinaski (Mickey Rourke) is a talented writer of prolific prose; unfortunately, he’s also a skid-row alcoholic with a violent temper. He picks fights nightly with Eddie (Frank Stallone), the bartender at the local watering hole, the Golden Horn, and lives in a seedy tenement, stealing food and trying to scrape together enough money for booze. Fellow alcoholic Wanda Wilcox (Faye Dunaway) catches Henry’s eye at the bar one afternoon, and although she has a reputation for being unstable, the two embark on a relationship with each other and the bottle.
Based on a semiautobiographical short story by poet and screenwriter Charles Bukowski and directed by Barbet Schroeder, Barfly offers insight into the world of the alcoholic, where all that matters is the next drink.
Disc One: Barfly
Disc Two: The Bukowski Tapes
When Barbet Schroeder (More, General Idi Amin Dada, Single White Female) began work on the movie Barfly, he had no idea that it would be such a struggle. During the seven years it took him to complete the film, he turned his cameras on its screenwriter, poet and novelist Charles Bukowski
Bukowski, legendary for his drunken excess and frank observations on life, love, and survival, took no exception with Schroeder. Schroeder eventually completed The Charles Bukowski Tapes, a four-hour long study of the man and the music of his words.