Anna Kendrick —star of the new HBO Max series, " Love Life "—knew she had to embrace all the cringeworthy honesty of her character's romantic struggles. Watch the video. This drama centers on Hank Chinaski, the fictional alter-ego of "Factotum" author Charles Bukowski, who wanders around Los Angeles, CA trying to live off jobs which don't interfere with his primary interest, which is writing. Along the way, he fends off the distractions offered by women, drinking and gambling. A simple self-destructive drifter and tough small-time boxer with a brain injury that could kill him meets and falls for a cute beach carnival owner, Ruby, but also befriends a sleazy friendly criminal, Wesley, who's planing a big score.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Barfly by Charles Bukowski. Barfly by Charles Bukowski ,. Barbet Schroeder Director and Producer. The screenplay of the movie, as written by Charles Bukowski. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published May 31st by Ecco first published More Details Original Title.

Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Barfly , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Barfly. Mar 17, Marilyn rated it it was amazing. The movie The Barfly peeked my interest in Charles Bukowski and since seeing it I have purchased almost all his books.

He is hilarious, dirty, dingy, a drunk, a womanizer, a gambler, and best of all he knows it and does not care. Oh, and he is brilliant. I grew up in that area and found it easy to imagine that scraggly old man walking down the streets. Maybe I even saw him? His books of ficti The movie The Barfly peeked my interest in Charles Bukowski and since seeing it I have purchased almost all his books. His books of fiction, poems, etc. View 1 comment. Apr 06, Andy rated it it was amazing Shelves: hollywoodbabylon , jazznbeats.

A good screenplay by Buk in spite of his later complaints about the film. The dialogue is funny and contains condensed versions of some of his short stories and poems. Contains lot of cool pics of Bukowski cutting up on set with Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway, of whom he once remarked, "I never saw a woman that beautiful in a dive bar".

He's the expert! Jul 29, Surrealist Abdul rated it really liked it. Great story highly recommended. Mar 21, Jill Pesqueira rated it it was amazing. Loved the book and the movie is a classic. Faye Dunaway and crazy Mickey Rourke. I think I will watch it again. Been a while. Mar 03, Dane Cobain rated it it was amazing. In fact, I enjoyed it more than the movie, and the movie was pretty good. This, though, is the original screenplay, which Bukowski wrote based loosely upon his own life, as he did with the rest of his work.

It stars Hank Chinaski, a barfly, and Wanda Wilcox, his woman. The action pretty much just follows the interactions between the two of them, and so that alone should be enough for you to get a good idea of what to expect here. And hey — watch the movie afterwards, too. This is the script to the movie Barfly. It was a bit awkward me for to read something in script form. Its full of all the Bukowski cliches and there are a few laughs.

Not that this is bad but I'd recomend Bukowski's Hollywood which is his account of the making of the Barfly movie, and even watching the film before I would reading the script. Really this is probably only worth your trouble if your a Bukowski completist. Jul 18, Ned Stenger White rated it it was amazing. All that. I don't understand it. JIM You're not supposed to think about it. I think the whole trick is not to think about it. Jul 24, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: best-books-forever-and-ever.

She looks like some sort of stress goddess. She's crazy. Jun 02, Nicholas Koster rated it it was amazing. The Iceman Cometh with a happy ending. Sep 20, Realini rated it really liked it. Barfly by Charles Bukowsky 8 out of 10 Barfly is surely a work of art. Furthermore, it was nominated for for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in and that makes it one of the best films of that period anyway.

Now, is it entertaining? This is a hard question for this cinephile. Because while the merits of the motion picture are evident, there are drawbacks. Perhaps the most important is Mickey Rourke, who, admittedl Barfly by Charles Bukowsky 8 out of 10 Barfly is surely a work of art.

Perhaps the most important is Mickey Rourke, who, admittedly does at least a decent job. Alas, it is almost impossible to look at the actor as he was more than thirty years ago and ignore all that happened in the meantime. It is for this viewer in any case.

If in the film Rourke plays the role of Henry, a creator based on famous Charles Bukowski, author of the screenplay, in the meantime, the actor has become the opposite of an artist. Mickey Rourke seems to symbolize now the epitome of the red neck, not the subtle intellectual.

Thus, Barfly becomes a contradiction in terms, an oxymoron. With hindsight, of course and being absurdly? It is like having Trump play the role of Truman Capote or for that matter any other writer or thinker. Otherwise, the film has a lot going for it, the protagonist is a talented drunkard, involved in frequent fights, stabbing accidentally a neighbor and caught at one point between two women.

Wanda drags Tully into a physical, rather vicious fight over the somewhat detached, almost always intoxicated Henry. Barfly has been so acclaimed that it is maybe even inappropriate for this scribbler to go against the tide, but there it is: I wasn't blown away. Vaya joya, me he picado. Que buen rato me ha dado. Feb 16, Donnie Darko rated it it was amazing.

Divertente e spassoso, da leggere in compagnia! Feb 28, Matthew Konkel rated it it was amazing. Anyone looking for the way screen stories should and need to be told, should look to Barfly. Actually, with the advent of digtal, I see a trend toward this kind of cinema, but done independently of course.


Mickey Rourke on Charles Bukowski: “He Was Okay for a Drunk”

A lot of the regulars live upstairs in low-rent rooms, and come downstairs to drink when the bar is open. When the bar is closed, they go upstairs and wait for it to open again. One night not long ago, Charles Bukowski was holding down the short end of the bar. He was looking around with wonderment on his face, because he had spent most of his life getting drunk in joints like this, but tonight was different, tonight they were making a movie inspired by his life, and they had rented out Big Ed's to shoot in.


Barfly at 30 – Bukowski, booze and battling Hollywood

Sean Penn was originally going to play Chinaski, but he demanded his own director. Barbet Schroeder informed Penn that he was the only one who would direct the film — he had been the one to convince Bukowski to write the screenplay in the first place, after all. Rourke ended up taking the part, which Bukowski later described in both negative and positive terms over the years. Mickey Rourke stayed with the dialogue to the word and the sound intended. What surprised me was that he added another dimension to the character, in spirit. Mickey appeared to really love his role, and yet without exaggeration he added his own flavor, his zest, his madness, his gamble to Henry Chinaski without destroying the intent or the meaning of the character. To add spirit to spirit can be dangerous but not in the hands of a damned good actor.


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