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Charles Bukowski – the hard living cult poet and author whose works include the novels Post Office, Ham on Rye, and Wome, and collections of poetry such as Hot Water Music, Love is a Dog from Hell and The Last Night of the Earth Poems – has long fascinated filmmakers. Commonly linked to the Beats, Bukowski had more in common with writers such as John Fante and other explorers of the tough realities of the human condition.
Movies of Bukowski’s works include Barfly, Tails of Ordinary Madness, Crazy Love and Factotum and now, in You Never Had It; An Evening With Bukowski, the writer speaks.
In 1981, journalist Silvia Bizio travelled to Bukowski’s home in San Pedro, California, to interview him. Spending an evening at the Bukowski home, drinking, smoking, and talking, the ensuing conversation was documented on U-matic video cassettes. But these recordings were thought to have been lost.
Now, discovered nearly thirty-years later, these videotapes form the basis for You Never Had It: An Evening With Bukowski. Here the poet and author is in fine form, opening-up in an interview which is punctuated with readings by the poet.
A true pleasure for fans old and new, as well as anybody interested in the literature of the twentieth century.