Saturday, December 13

Special Engagements ArchiveBurroughs

Naked Lunch

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(1991) dir David Cronenberg w/Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm [115 min; 35mm]
In Cronenberg’s adaptation of Burroughs’s hallucinatory, once-thought-unfilmable novel, a part-time exterminator and full-time drug addict named Bill Lee (Weller) plunges into the nightmarish Interzone, a netherworld of sinister cabals and giant talking bugs.

“Though much of NAKED LUNCH is flip, hip and hilariously funny, it never wanders far from a profoundly melancholic undertone – Cronenberg’s unshakable sense of loneliness, isolation and anxiety.” – Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune

“There’s a synergistic overlap here between Cronenberg’s own particular brand of weirdness and Burroughs’s; they’re both twisted in ways that complement each other nicely.” – Hal Hinson, Washington Post

“While I admired it in an abstract way, I felt repelled by the material on a visceral level.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Repulsive and brilliant.” – Mel Cartagena, Brattle Film Notes

Related:
“Red + Green = Heroin Addiction,” by Bridget Foster Reed, Brattle Film Notes
“Naked Lunch: So Deep in My Heart That You’re Really a Part of Me,” by Chris Rodley, Criterion Collection

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Friday 12/12:

BURROUGHS: THE MOVIE
at 5:00, 7:00 PM
NOVA EXPRESS
at 9:00 PM

Saturday 12/13:

BURROUGHS: THE MOVIE
at 3:00, 5:00 PM (7:00 canceled)
NOVA EXPRESS
at 1:00 PM
NAKED LUNCH
at 10:00* PM (*time change)

Sunday 12/14:

BURROUGHS: THE MOVIE
at 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 PM
NAKED LUNCH
at 12:30 PM

Brattle passes accepted.