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William S. Burroughs: Three Films 1950s-1960s
William S Burroughs Three Films 1950s-1960s
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
NR     2007     2hr 0min

When writer William S Burroughs and artist Brion Gysin met Anthony Balch at the Beat Hotel in Paris at the start of the sixties they knew they had the ideal person to assist them in translating the ideas they had explored ...  more »


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Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Pop, Documentary
Studio: Cherry Red UK
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 02/20/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 2hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
Edition: Import
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Experimental Films for the true WSB fan.
John Morgan | Way down South, USA | 01/19/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I bought "Thee Films" roughly 15 years ago on VHS and was extremely happy to see it available on DVD. It's quite possible that you will not get through the entire piece in one viewing, but I don't believe that is the way they were intended to be seen. Enjoy it in segments and keep your mind clear. Let the visual and audio flow without too much thought. It is most likely that you have never seen anything quite like this before! I recommend this to all that can't get enough of this late literary outlaw."
This movie feels like an acid trip
Philip R. Haller | Australia | 12/03/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"This is very strange, I would only recomend this to fans of Burrough's more cut up experimental books. This reminds me of an acid trip it is very bizarre. One short film just has a bizarre picture of some sort of skulls on the screen and it has Burroughs repeating one short sentence over and over again. Bill and Tony is extremely bizarre it involves Burroughs and another person stood next to each other one saying "I am Bill" and one saying "I am Tony" Then Tony will tell a story then the same sequence will start again with Bill telling the story, then Tony will become Bill etc and the story is told around 8 times in different ways. This dvd is basically unwatchable but it is great to have in your collection if your a true fan of Burroughs. Also if you dabble with music the Bill and Tony film would be amazing to sample."
Difficult to watch, genuinely experimental film
Michael A. Duvernois | Minneapolis, MN United States | 09/22/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Burroughs and Gysin in a cut-up series of film pieces. Definitely not a good introduction to William S., but seriously impressive for the dedicated fan. Yeah, it'll take a couple of tries to watch it all the way through, but that is part of the point. DVD players don't come with "random" buttons alas (unlike CD players), but that might be a good way of viewing it. Rent, don't buy unless you're sure you want what's on here!"