Naked Lunch - Criterion Collection
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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. --Robert Horton

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title: Naked Lunch - Criterion Collection
theatricalDate: 19-02-1991
purchase date: 19-02-2006
publisher: Criterion
published: 11-11-2003
price: $39.95
numberInSeries: 220
net Rating: 4
MPAA Rating: R
minutes: 115
number of media: 2
last lookup time: 162092688
genre: Surreal
fullTitle: Naked Lunch - Criterion Collection
features: Anamorphic
director: David Cronenberg
currentValue: $28.93
created: 162092608
country: us
aspect: DVD
asin: B0000CDUT5