Naked Lunch (1991)
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Manufacturer: Home Vision/Public Media
UPC 14: 00715515014922
Category Keywords: Cult Film Disturbing Essential Cinema Futuristic Gay/Lesbian Mutants Recommended Science-Fiction Substance Abuse Surreal Theatrical Release Thriller
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"Exterminate all rational thought."
|Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs' hallucinatory, "unfilmable" novel is finally realized on-screen by director David Cronenberg. Part-time exterminator and full-time drug addict Bill Lee (Peter Weller) plunges into the nightmarish netherworld of the Interzone, pursuing a mysterious project that leads him to confront sinister cabals and giant talking bugs. The fruit of an unholy union between two masters of the hilarious and the macabre, Naked Lunch mingles aspects of Burroughs' novel with incidents from his own life, resulting in a compendium of paranoid fantasies and a searching investigation into the mysteries of the writing process.|
"A fascinating, demanding, mordantly funny picture. Variety
Editor's NoteThe dry wit of writer William S. Burroughs transfers surprisingly well to the screen. This partially biographical celluloid interpretation of his book shows Burroughs's daring and delirium as one of the experimental beat writers (with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg) who emerged in the late 1950s. In the lead role, Peter Weller does a dead-on Burroughs impression, and the film follows a bizarre logic and has a dark, rich look that makes it one of director David Cronenberg's more satisfying works. Bill Lee (Weller) is a pest-control man who would rather be a writer, and he is seeking escape from his troubled existence. After killing his wife, he flees to Interzone, a hallucinatory version of Tangiers (the location where Burroughs penned the book). There he finds that reality and fantasy have merged in a strange, surreal landscape inhabited by half-alien, half-insect creatures and odd humans. And finally, in this altered state, Lee can become a writer. Like other Cronenberg films, NAKED LUNCH is a bit squishy; it is full of pervasive biological dread. And this film is not exactly faithful to the novel. Instead, Cronenberg provides it with a neat framework that begins and ends with Lee shooting his wife Joan (Judy Davis) during a botched William Tell routine, just as Burroughs did in real life.
Cast & Crew
|William S. Burroughs - Based On Novel By|
|Peter Suschitzky - Cinematographer|
|David Cronenberg - Director|
|Ronald Sanders - Editor|
|Jeremy Thomas - Original Music By|
|Ornette Coleman - Original Music By|
|Jeremy Thomas - Producer|
|David Cronenberg - Screenplay|
|"It's impossible to make a movie out of 'Naked Lunch.' A literal translation just wouldn't work. It would cost $400 million to make and would be banned in every country of the world." ---- David Cronenberg|
|"You don't often see this operation performed, mainly because it is of no medical value" -- Dr. Benway|