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  • Actors: Based on the life of John Healy
  • Directors: Paul Duane
  • Producers: Paul Duane, Mary Carson
  • Format: Surround Sound, Colour, Nintendo
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Other
  • Run Time: 74.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GO6Y1L8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,201 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Barbaric Genius is an Irish documentary based on the fascinating life of John Healy. In the early 90's writer John Healy was a star, constantly being interviewed about his first book, The Grass Arena. The son of Irish immigrants, Healy lived rough on the streets of London for 15 years, fighting and stealing to survive, a slave to alcohol. During a stint in prison he discovered chess which became his new addiction. He became a rated chess player and a famous writer, for a time the darling of the British media. Then he disappeared. Stories emerged to fill the vacuum, dark stories: he'd made threats of awful violence towards his publishers, he was mentally ill, he was a psychopath. Barbaric Genius meets John as he's about to make a comeback after nearly 20 years, launched once more on the world stage, with the likes of Irvine Welsh and Daniel Day-Lewis as his cheerleaders. Having been savaged once by the media and the literary world, how will he deal with success second time around, and the inevitable digging-up of his violent past that comes with that?

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What an amazing story - a best selling author who came from alcoholism, violence and prison to write the best autobiography in decades The Grass Arena: An Autobiography (Penguin Modern Classics) and then is dropped by Faber & Faber and by all the main stream media and remains an outcast for very little reason. This portrait by Irish director Paul Duane is moving, honest and at times stunning.
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Great documentary!
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This is a great documentary, it's really interesting and compelling viewing. I highly recommend it.
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only watch if you know who he is?.
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HASH(0x9898e408) out of 5 stars A Bukowski-esque Wildman! 9 Jun. 2015
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The autobiography of a very interesting fellow - John Healy. It wasn't bad, however, I wish it would have delved deeper into his history as a belligerent wildman; as well, it would have been nice to know more about his former Chess playing career. As a Chess player and writer myself, I approve of this video ;)
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