Naked Lunch - Criterion Collection (1991)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Peter Weller
Judy Davis
Ian Holm
Julian Sands
Roy Scheider
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Fantasy; Thriller
Director David Cronenberg
Producer Jeremy Thomas; David Cronenberg
Writer David Cronenberg
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 115 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
You are now entering Interzone, William S. Burroughs's phantasmagorical land of junk, paranoia, and crawly things. Best travel advice: "Exterminate all rational thought." In David Cronenberg's superbly shot, unnerving warp on the Burroughs novel, the novelist himself becomes a main character (played in an implacable monotone by Peter Weller), with elements from Burroughs' life--including the shooting of his wife during a "William Tell" game, and bohemian friends Kerouac and Ginsberg--added to frame the book's wild visions. This is, ironically, a somewhat rational approach to an unfilmable book (and it makes a hair-curling double bill with Barton Fink, another look at writerly madness, with both films sharing Judy Davis). Cronenberg is a natural for oozing mugwumps and typewriters that turn into giant bugs, of course. But in the end, this is really his own vision of the artistic process, rather than Burroughs's hallucinatory descent into hell.
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 36
In Collection Yes
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Layers Single side, Dual layer
UPC 715515014922
Release Date 2003
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Widescreen