Burroughs: The Movie

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icon black soundwaveThe Burroughs Century

Burroughs: The Movie

  • 1983
  • Directed By: Howard Brookner
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Documentary
  • 97 Minutes
  1. Thursday, February 6, 2014 6:30 p.m.
Still image from the film Burroughs: The Movie

The Burroughs Century

Burroughs: The Movie explores one of the greatest American writers and thinkers with an intimacy never before seen and never repeated, featuring Burroughs along with many of his contemporaries including Allen Ginsberg, Brion Gysin, Francis Bacon, Herbert Hunke, Patti Smith, Terry Southern, and Lauren Hutton. The film was directed by the late Howard Brookner, begun in 1978 as Brookner's senior thesis at NYU film school before expanding into a feature completed 5 years later in 1983. Sound was recorded by Jim Jarmusch and the film was shot by Tom DiCillo, fellow NYU classmates and both very close friends of Brookner's.


Howard Brookner directed three films before his death in 1989 from AIDS at the age of thirty-four. In the final year of his life he wrote, "If I live on, it is in your memories and the films I made". (2K DCP)