Last night I finally got to tick off something that has been on my list for a wee while, I went and saw William S. Burroughs – A Man Within. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the movie, because if you have ever read a book of Burroughs you will see it is filled with the unexpected, all I knew was it would contain some crazy stuff. It didn’t disappoint.
My goodness he was an interesting character who lead an incredible life. He was addicted to heroin, always had a loaded gun on him (even in bed), accidently killed his wife while trying to shoot an apple off her head and was one of the first openly gay man in the public eye. I think even if people don’t agree with the life that he lead or even don’t like his writing, you have to give him credit for being himself. He never changed to become what the public wanted him to be. The media labeled him one of the founders of the beat generations, he rejected this. Then the punk movement called him the “Grandfather of punk” which he also dismissed. He just did what he wanted to do and had the guts to do it.
The movie was showing at Moviemento, the oldest cinema in Germany and you know what? It was rad. With three tiny cinemas and a bar, it has a nice relaxed, noncommercial feel to it that made you just want to hang out there. They left the doors open to the projection room that captured my attention for a very long time.
Here is the trailer to the movie, so you decide for yourself if it’s up your alley.