Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Why We Love the Internets part 72: "Burroughs: The Movie" and "Flicker: Brion Gysin's Dream Machine"

There's just so much material out there, with content growing exponentially by the day that it's pretty much overwhelming, but there's still nothing like finding something you've been looking for for ages, and finding it. At long last we have a chance to see Howard Brookner's long out of print Burroughs the Movie from 1983. John Giorno had released it on VHS in the mid 80s, but then it just seemed to disappear. We weren't even able to find a decent jpg of the cover anyplace to post here, so without going to Allen's Collection at Stanford and scanning the cover, that fuzzy thing above will have to do. Film's got hilarious scenes with Terry Southern in the Bunker, Burroughs taking a stroll through his childhood St. Louis neighborhood, and conversing with his disapproving brother, as well as interviews with Lucien Carr, Patti Smith, and of course Allen Ginsberg, among many others.

While were posting films, thought we'd toss in this one by Canadian filmmaker Nik Sheehan on Brion Gysin's Dream Machine, titled Flicker, based on John Geiger's book Chapel of Extreme Experience: A Short History of Stroboscopic Light and the Dream Machine. Not our favorite film by any stretch, but it's definitely worth watching. It's got great interviews with the likes of Leila Hadley Luce, Jean-Jaques Lebel, DJ Spooky, Marianne Faithful & Genesis P. Orridge, and some fantastic moments with Iggy Pop. It's pretty much the only documentary out there that focuses on Gysin and his work, so hop on the couch and have a watch.

Alas.. we've been told Snag films, who's link to Flicker we posted, only works in the US! Huge apologies to our global friends, it is however available for purchase through the film's website.


  1. Outstanding! Burroughs calling toads in his St. Louis backyard, fantastic. One is reminded, in viewing some of this film, how refined, even aristocratic, Burroughs was. He exudes a style and demeanor that belongs to the distant past, yet he comes across as completely authentic in the postmodern world.