Narkotykowy lunch. Prolegomena do filmografii (nie)znanej Williama S. Burroughsa

  1. Paweł Biliński



The article concentrates on the connections between cinema and William S. Burroughs, an American novelist. As the author of a legendary Naked Lunch, Burroughs had an opportunity to work with a painter Brion Gysin and underground filmmaker Antony Balch. In the 1960s they made several avant-garde films in which they used the so-called “cut-up” method which was invented by Gysin at the beginning of the decade. The author refers to films and juxtaposes them with the American avant-garde cinema of the 1960s. He concentrates also on other film projects, which Burroughs participated in and had an impact on. As a complement to those analyses, the author outlines a historical background of Burroughs’s works. He emphasizes the signifi cance of other films — such as Conrad Rooks’s Chappaqua (1966), Muscha’s Decoder (1984), Gus Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy (1989) and more — in which Burroughs either starred and/or could be seen as a main inspiration to, due to his controversial biography of a non-stop drug addict and constant freedom defender. Many directors refer to Burroughs because of his relevance: his novels and public comments are connected with themes that are artistically interesting for filmmakers. The author sees Burroughs’s film work as an extension of his literature achievements; as an attempt at an ambitious search for the new language of art that could express the American writer’s method as significantly as possible.

Translated by Paweł Biliński

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Studia Filmoznawcze

36, 2015

Pages from 229 to 248

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