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Barfly: The Continuing Saga Of Henry Chinaski

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The screenplay of the 1987 movie, as written by Charles Bukowski.
Published (first published 1983)
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A good screenplay by Buk in spite of his later complaints about the film. The dialogue is funny and contains condensed versions of some of his short stories and poems. Contains lot of cool pics of Bukowski cutting up on set with Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway, of whom he once remarked, "I never saw a woman that beautiful in a dive bar". He's the expert!
The movie The Barfly peeked my interest in Charles Bukowski and since seeing it I have purchased almost all his books. He is hilarious, dirty, dingy, a drunk, a womanizer, a gambler, and best of all he knows it and does not care. Oh, and he is brilliant. He lived and played in the southern California area of San Pedro, frequenting Hollywood Park Race Track. I grew up in that area and found it easy to imagine that scraggly old man walking down the streets. Maybe I even saw him? His books of ficti...more
This is the script to the movie Barfly. It was a bit awkward me for to read something in script form. Its full of all the Bukowski cliches and there are a few laughs. Not that this is bad but I'd recomend Bukowski's Hollywood which is his account of the making of the Barfly movie, and even watching the film before I would reading the script. Really this is probably only worth your trouble if your a Bukowski completist.
Ned Stenger White
Sometimes I get so tired thinking about all the things I don't want to be, of all the things I don't want to do - like go to India, get my teeth cleaned, save the whale. All that. I don't understand it.

You're not supposed to think about it. I think the whole trick is not to think about it."
Chinaski works better as a character in a novel than in a film. There isn't enough development, either of him or the people around him, to make this a compelling screenplay. That's the problem with writing for a format that just gives you a couple of hours to work with; I don't think it's the proper format for a Chinaski.
Matthew Konkel
Anyone looking for the way screen stories should and need to be told, should look to Barfly. I’ve never seen the movie, (waiting for it to come to DVD), but the screenplay by Hank is just the kind of tale that’s lacking in Hollywood. (Actually, with the advent of digtal, I see a trend toward this kind of cinema, but done independently of course.)No car chases, bullet catches, special effects or bullshit, and frankly no beginning and no ending either. Just a glimpse into a real character’s life....more
Sujay Anjankar
Oh how I long for more Chinaski.
Brent Legault
Ought to be retitled as Barfy.
Jan 15, 2008 Alejandro rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: repressed & religious teens and boys
At a time when I was becoming aware on how the world ticks and my hormonal years were drawing to a close, I fell in love with being drunk and depressed over a 'broad', go figure. Then came along my absent father, my ass kicking mother fucker, my personified conscience, my truth, my being okay with being a pervert.
Not too impressed, but don't read too many screenplays. Interesting how there doesn't seem like much to this screen play, but it really comes to life in the movie. Recommended if you like Bukowski.
The best review of this book (or the movie it was based on ... ?) I read--in fact the best review I've ever read was this one sentence:

"Barfly: Is that an adverb?"
"Who's that one? She looks like some sort of stress goddess."
"That's Wanda. She's crazy."

A good read but the movie is a classic.
It was like the movie, which is like most of Bukowski's novels especially "Women," which is not necessarily a bad thing.
Allen Taylor
Truly for the devoted Bukowski fan. No one else will probably like it.
Rachel Lesch
I love his work, this was no exception...
Nicholas Koster
The Iceman Cometh with a happy ending.
Screenplay reads like a book of poetry
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Henry Charles Bukowski (born as Heinrich Karl Bukowski) was a German-born American poet, novelist and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles.It is marked by an emphasis on the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women and the drudgery of work. Bukowski wrote thousands...more
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