Los Angeles area Charles Bukowski fans have a rare opportunity to see a screening of Barfly, the only film he ever wrote, this Friday, July 28. Not only that, you’ll get to see director Barbet Schroeder, as there will be a discussion between films.
The Films of Barbet Schroeder In one of his best roles, Mickey Rourke stars in Barfly(1987) as Charles Bukowski alter-ego, Henry Chinaski, an alcoholic writer who spends his days and nights in gritty L.A. flats and dive bars, sparring with lover and partner in drink, Wanda (Faye Dunaway). Bukowski wrote the screenplay and director Schroeder made it his American feature debut. Schroeder’s next film, Reversal of Fortune (1990), for which he was Oscar-nomiated for best director, follows the mystery of how enigmatic socialite Sunny von Bulow (Glenn Close) ended up in a decades-long coma, and the criminal appeal case of her cold aristocrat husband, Claus von Bulow (Oscar winner Jeremy Irons), for her attempted murder. There will be a discussion between films with Schroeder. American Cinematheque, Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, (310) 260-1528. July 28, 7:30 p.m. The series continues July 29-30.$15; $13 for seniors; $11 for Cinematheque members. www.americancinematheque.com
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