DVD Review: Burroughs: The Movie kicked off a short career by studying a long one

In 1989, director Howard Brookner completed his first narrative feature, Bloodhounds Of Broadway (starring Madonna, among many others). The film was a notorious critical and commercial flop, and Brookner, sadly, would never get the chance to make another—he died of AIDS-related causes just before Bloodhounds opened, a few days shy of his 35th birthday. However, he’d previously made a documentary about William S. Burroughs, which had premiered at the 1983 New York Film Festival. Originally intended as his thesis project at NYU (where his classmates included Jim Jarmusch and Tom DiCillo, both of whom worked on it), Burroughs: The Movie all but vanished after its initial screenings; for decades, it was available only via shoddy-looking bootlegs, the 16mm negative having disappeared. A few years ago, Brookner’s nephew, Aaron, raised the money to restore a print held by the Museum Of Modern Art, and this week the film …

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