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Barfly [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway, Alice Krige, Jack Nance, J.C. Quinn
  • Directors: Barbet Schroeder
  • Writers: Charles Bukowski
  • Producers: Barbet Schroeder, Bruce Rubenstein, Fred Roos, Jack Baran, Menahem Golan
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sept. 2002
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000696I5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,113 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The script for this movie was written by outrageous poet-author-alcoholic Charles Bukowski. But director Barbet Schroeder makes it into an oddly amusing story of a pugnacious drunk writer (Mickey Rourke) based on Bukowski himself. Rourke spends almost all of his time at the bar, struggling with sobriety (he's against it) and, occasionally, having fistfights with the bartender (Frank Stallone). He meets another souse, a formerly attractive woman (Faye Dunaway) and gets involved with her, which means they drink copious amounts of liquor and try to have sex. Not much happens beyond that yet this film is strangely entertaining, for all of its bottom-of-the-barrel humanity. Maybe that's the secret: "Oh, the humanity ... "--Marshall Fine

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. GILL on 7 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
I never really understood what it is that I like about this film, and that is what I like about this film! I think it's the duration of some of the shots, which are just awkward enough to bring you to the edge of the seat. Beautifully Strange. Strangely Beautiful.
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By Big nev on 8 July 2014
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Great film. Bukowski books are even better though !
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The film is fine. What is irritating is that there is no way of getting rid of the subtitles which are in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish. They distract and especially to me as I can more or less read Scandiwegian. There is no indication in the product description that you have to have the subtitles on all the time. it seems to me to be a minimum to allow the viewer to turn the subtitles off.
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By Siriam TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
I got the Scandinavian DVD and while not worked out yet how to switch off the sub-titles, that does not detract from the power of this Barbet Schroeder movie which came as a bit of a surprise after many European art house movies of the 60s and 70s. Bukowski novels are never easy to visualise and they wisely got him to write the script for this one. The lines of dialogue crackle throughout and not just from his alter ego Henry Chinaski as played by Rourke.

I always find Rourke performs at his best when he avoids action hero type movies - I am a great lover of "The Wrestler" and this comes across very much as an early dry run with a totally dislikable character who drinks, fights and is obnoxious but yet captures his worldly wisdom thoughts on paper sufficiently to attract a literary magazine editor to publish him. In such roles Rourke's renowned method acting serves him well. However the real thrill is Dunaway appearing at a time when her Hollywood star was suffering still from "Mommie Dearest". I find her performance here probably one of her best and she captures beautifully the louche attitude of a beautiful woman too attracted to the bottle and heading for oblivion. This film is certainly up there with Bonnie & Clyde, Chinatown and Network in showing what she was capable of when well directed and stretched.

Also special mention should be made of the two support actors J. C. Quinn as Chinaski's friend and Alice Krige as the wealthy and attractive publisher attracted to the doomed Chinaski and not realising she is out of her depth when confronted by Dunaway. Add to this a very memorable cast of cheap bar low-lifes who all feed off each other and some smart art direction and camerawork.
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Good at last to get hold of Barfly which has proved difficult to track down on DVD. This one is an import copy but no worries as the film plays fine in English. The cover is a little deceptive as seems to suggest a steamy love affair like nine and a half weeks which Rourke also starred in. But those who love the film know it better as the loose biographical account of writer Charles Bukowski's life as both drunken street-philosopher and aspiring writer. Scripted by Bukowski (with a very small cameo sitting at a bar) the film builds on the myth of Buk/Chinaski as a hard-drinking layabout who just happens to get into print, soon to become a cult within the underground literary scene.

It probably helps to know something about Bukowski to get on with the film's gritty outlook. This is not typical Hollywood as it portrays the seedy, underbelly of American/Capitalist life. The redeeming factor is the cruel humour that runs through the film despite the poverty, the seeming hopelessness and the occasional violence. This is what Buk saw as being the truth of human life, the kind he translated into his poems and stories, and the film does manage to capture the flavour of his work.

Barfly is perhaps best described as an arthouse film that stands up well to repeated plays. Rourke's portrayal of Bukowski is somewhat grotesque and overdone (Buk in real life looked after his appearance and wasn't as scruffy as Rourke's character). What carries the film along is the scathing observations of modern life that Bukowski is famed for. Funny and sad, but never obvious.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By deadbeat VINE VOICE on 19 May 2003
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one of the best films i have ever seen. this is a must have for any lover of good acting and good ideas. written by Charles Bukowski, dubbed the 'poet laureat of the slums,' it is a tale of a man, Henry Chinasky, who like Bukowsky spends his life either being drunk, writing, or both. fights take place, promiscuity is rife, and yet one cannot help but note the almost raw beauty inherent in this life-style. The message i feel the film is really trying to give is that it doesn't matter what your social standing is, since all happiness is essentially comparative. Further, Henry Chinasky is poignant in saying 'in this world, everybody has to BE something...' and he rebels against this standard, the most you could ever call him was a drunk. But he was proud of it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen E. Andrews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Nov. 2013
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As Amazon's highly irritating habit of merging reviews for different formats/editions of the same title together continues, here's a review of the imported edition of 'Barfly' on bluray - the edition that has a bright blue rectangle with a white M on the bottom left of its' cover if you're checking the pics here. I'm not sure what country it originates from, but what we have here is a disc that plays on UK bluray players that are not enabled for region free, so the disc must be region-free.

I first saw 'Barfly' when it came out in the late eighties and wasn't massively impressed. Although it was screenwritten by Charles Bukowski himself - it clearly draws on scenes and characters from a number of his stories/novels - I didn't feel it captured the gritty, dingy seediness of the man's writing. The mis-en-scene seemed too light, leading man Micky Rourke too young and Faye Dunaway too glamourous. My feelings on these points haven't changed too much, but viewing the film again after such a long time, I feel more favourable toward it now as I'll explain.

Rourke is clearly depicting the younger Henry Chinaski here - a little older than he is in 'Factotum' but not as mature s he is in 'Post Office' perhaps. This is a more fictional Chinaski than the one in the novels though - a composite rather than a translation from the fiction. Despite his irritating delivery - drawing out words in a drawl that lengthens them artificially, Rourke is charming and funny as Chinaski. This is an affectionate rather than a tough, bleak portrayal. 'Barfly' is a funny, light, tender movie rather than a hard, desperate one. Despite the fact that there are two other Bukowski movies, none of them match the authenticity of the books.
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