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Naked Lunch

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Naked Lunch

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
115 minutes
Limited Release Date:
12/27/91
performer:
Judy Davis, Peter Weller, Ian Holm, Julian Sands, Roy Scheider
director:
David Cronenberg
distributor:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author:
3761
genre:
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Drama

We gave it a B

Director David Cronenberg (The Fly) deserves a heap of credit for even attempting to lens William S. Burroughs’ 1959 novel. Ostensibly an examination of addiction and the creative process, Lunch is a profane, mind-bending, Homer — by — way — of — de Sade epic. The author’s cooperation went a long way toward making Cronenberg’s streamlined retelling more linear, if not always lucid. Their shared affinity for droll horror is wrought in a burnished noir, its eye-popping colors suggesting a graphic novel come to life. EXTRAS For those who lack the patience to sit through Cronenberg and Weller’s exhaustive commentary, the featurette ”Naked Making Lunch” is a sort of CliffsNotes for the gnarly narrative.

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