The curious life of controversial avant-garde author and Beat poet William S. Burroughs serves as the subject of this documentary from Chicago-based filmmaker Yony Leyser. A gay drug addict who shot to infamy with his unguarded look at the drug and queer cultures, Burroughs made headlines when he shot his wife in Mexico City, and achieved infamy when his groundbreaking novel Naked Lunch was banned in the U.S. David Cronenberg, John Waters, Genesis P-Orridge, Patty Smith, Gus Van Sant, Laurie Anderson, and other celebrities/artists influenced by Burroughs' surreal body of work weigh in on why his influence today is still as strong as it was when he was in peak form.
Deleted scene featuring Burroughs' art; Home movies featuring Patti Smith, Steve Buscemi, Allen Ginsberg, and others; More of Burroughs' shotgun art; Sonic Youth visits Burroughs in Lawrence, Kansas; Naked Lunch 50th anniversary celebration; "Rub Out the Word" - a music video featuring Burroughs reading the Last Words of Hassan Sabbah; Patti Smith reads Psalm 23 Revisited; Q&a with director Yony Leyser at BFI London Film Festival 2010; With exclusive essays by David Byrne and Richard Hell
Disc #1 -- William S. Burroughs: A Man Within 1. Introduction [1:26] 2. The Beat Generation [7:00] 3. Pioneer [5:31] 4. Andy and the Boys [3:22] 5. Love [5:39] 6. Hustlers [4:19] 7. The Cut-Up Method [5:45] 8. "Walking Pharmacologist" [3:18] 9. Rid of Junk [4:00] 10. Guns, Knives, Snakes [8:13] 11. William Tell Routine [7:44] 12. Naked Lunch [5:20] 13. Punk Rock [8:31] 14. Collaborations [1:51] 15. Shotgun Art [4:08] 16. Father and Son [2:40] 17. Lawrence, Kansas [5:25] 18. End Credits [3:36]
Disc #1 -- William S. Burroughs: A Man Within Play Film Chapters Subtitles English Subtitles: On/Off Extra Features Deleted Scenes Burroughs' Art Supplies The Mummies Painting With George Condo - With Archival Footage By Filmmaker John McNaughton Home Movies Play Shotgun Art Play Sonic Youth Visit Play Naked Lunch 50th Anniversary Play "Rub Out the Word" Play Psalm 23 Revisited Play Q&A With Director Yony Leyser At BFI London Film Festival 2010 Oscilloscope Releases William S. Burroughs: A Man Within Scott Walker: 30 Century Man Tell Them Anything You Want Howl