[Moved from my old Myspace blog. Original post date was July 3, 2006.]
Bukowski – BORN INTO THIS
(poem by Charles Bukowski)
I’ve been watching the DVD of BUKOWSKI – BORN INTO THIS. It’s a very good documentary, giving a fair and balanced portrait of the man and the artist. Weird for me to see this as I knew the guy and have been in contact in one form or another (mostly letters) with some of the people interviewed or discussed in the film: small press editors and poets, mostly. So for me it’s kind of like seeing a documentary on my high school class. My one reservation about the film is I wonder if the filmmaker’s objectivity has been compromised by his friendship with Linda Bukowski, Hank’s last wife. The marriage seems to be viewed from her perspective, and she comes off looking pretty good in the film. To what extent would this be handled differently if the filmmaker wasn’t friends with her? But that’s a small quibble. It’s a great film for Bukowski fans and anyone who wants to learn more about one of the twentieth century’s most influential writers.