lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Aug 28 11:46:00 MDT 2006
Like the previous two films based on Charles Bukowski's fiction,
"Factotum," the latest film now appearing in theaters everywhere, is
directed by a European, the Norwegian Bent Hamer. It features Matt Dillon
in the role of Henry Chinaski, the character based on Bukowski who is the
narrator and major character in all of his writings. Dillon also starred
recently in "Herbie Fully Loaded," a sequel to the preteen classic
featuring a VW beetle with a human personality.
"Factotum" follows in the footsteps of "Barfly," the 1987 film directed by
the Swiss Barbet Schroeder with a screenplay by Bukowski himself. It
starred Mickey Rourke as Henry Chinaski, a casting decision no doubt
informed by the actor's well-known problems with booze and women. "Barfly"
did not make much of an impression on me, despite Bukowski's involvement.
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