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The Charles Bukowski Tapes

1982
France
3h50
Documentary
Col.
VOSTFR

The Charles Bukowski Tapes are a collection of 52 short-interviews with the American cult author Charles Bukowski, sorted by topic and each between one and ten minutes long. Barbet Schroeder interviews Bukowski about such themes as alcohol, violence, and women, and Bukowski answers willingly, losing himself in sometimes minute-long monologues.

The documentary was assembled from about 64 hours of film footage, which occurred during the three-year lead time for Schroeder’s motion picture Barfly, for which Bukowski wrote the autobiographical script.

Cast
Charles Bukowski, Linda Lee Bukowski, Sean Penn
Photography
Steven Hirsch, Elliot Einzig Porter, Paul Challacombe
Sound
Steven Hirsch, Elliot Einzig Porter, Paul Challacombe
Music
Jean-Louis Valero, Elliot Einzig Porter
Editing
Barbet Schroeder, Paul Challacombe
Production
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