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Charles Bukowski

These Words I Write Keep Me From Total Madness

Film & Video

Among the many films made from adaptations of his stories, such as Cold Moon and Tales of Ordinary Madness, and even a documentary which he narrates, The Best Hotel on Skid Row, Bukowski wrote only one screenplay, Barfly, which faithfully reproduces the drama and compassion of Bukowski at his best.

This list includes two versions of Barfly screenplays, Bukowski documentaries, guest appearances, and film adaptations of his work.

Barfly. Schroeder, Barbet, dir. Cannon Films Inc. and Cannon International. Burbank CA: Warner Home Video, 1987. 100 min. Videocassette.

Info available at Internet Movie Database.

Early in the film, Bukowski appears briefly as a bar patron in The Kenmore.

Video available for purchase from Amazon.com.

Bukowski: Born Into This. Dullaghan, John, dir. Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2003. 133 mins. DVD.

Info available at Internet Movie Database.

Video available for purchase from Amazon.com, or watch it on Netflix.

Best Hotel on Skid Row. Choy, Christine, dir. Home Box Office, 1990.

Movie info at Cannes International Film Festival.

Charles Bukowski narrates.

Crazy Love (Love is a Dog from Hell) Dominique Deruddere, dir. MMG (Belgian), March 1987.

Info available for this award-winning adaptation of three Bukowski shorts at Internet Movie Database and at the production company's web site. Deruddere also made a film version of John Fante's Wait Until Spring, Bandini. Deruddere also made a short, student film titled Wodka Orange (1982) with Bukowski-related content (my thanks to Greg Van Laecken for the information about Deruddere's films).

Lune Froide (Cold Moon). Bouchitey, Patrick, dir. (French, black & white) 1991. 88 mins.

Internet Movie Database co-credits Bukowski with writing.

Tales of Ordinary Madness. Ferreri, Marco, dir. Italy: Image Entertainment, 1982. 107 minutes.

Info available at Internet Movie Database.

Video available for purchase from Amazon.com.

To be added:

I'm Still Here; Bukowski Reads Bukowski; Bukowski at Bellevue (available from Black Sparrow); The Bukowski Tapes (directed by Barbet Schroeder).

Charles Bukowski: These Words I Write Keep Me from Total Madness
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