The Naked lunch

Canada, 1991

Film
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William Burrough’s novel “The Naked Lunch” is one of the most acclaimed of Beat Generation writings. The visionary horror director, David Cronenberg, combines film-noir, horror and science-fiction to recreate Burrough’s expressionistic journey into a writer’s soul: an examination of the terrifying link between insanity and artistic inspiration. In a dream-like North African city, a group of American writers and artists immerse themsleves in drugs and sex, and occassionally in their artistic pursuits. Based closely on Burrough’s relationship with his wife - whom he accidentally killed - “The Naked Lunch”, though a novel that owes much to the grammar of cinema, was long considered unfilmable. Cronenberg’s attempt is audacious and ultimately successful. With Judy Davis, Peter Weller, Julian Sands and Roy Scheider. The haunting musical score is by Ornette Coleman.

Credits

production company

Recorded Picture Company

Naked Lunch Productions

producer

Jeremy Thomas

Duration

01:55:00:00

Production places
Canada
Production dates
1991

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

304395

Language

English

Audience classification

MA

Subject categories

Adaptations

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Beat generation

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Expressionism in motion pictures

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Beat generation

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Canada

Literature → American literature - Film and video adaptations

Literature → Beat generation

Literature → Burroughs, William S., 1914-

Music & Performing Arts → Beat generation

People → Burroughs, William S., 1914-

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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