Barfly

Film , Comedy
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Rourke plays one Henry Chimaski, habitué of the Golden Horn, a '40s down-town LA dive where no iceman cometh, but one day battered princess Wanda (Dunaway) does. A few hard days' nights in Wanda's flat has the two barflies abandoning their tentative move towards a mutual expression of need in favour of rejoining the death-wish trail. Chimaski is as articulate as a lorry, so the arrival of 'beautiful' literary agent Tully (Krige) in pursuit of his genius and punchy charm comes as a surprise; his refusal of her largesse is merely a chance to show Integrity. Schroeder's direction of Charles Bukowski's script is consistent with the film's throwaway mood, stresses the upbeat, and mercifully eschews seriousness, cleverly relying on Robby Müller's efficient colour photography to create atmosphere.

Release details

Duration: 100 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Barbet Schroeder
Screenwriter: Charles Bukowski
Cast: Sandy Martin
Alice Krige
Jack Nance
Faye Dunaway
JC Quinn
Mickey Rourke
Frank Stallone

Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

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dovpanda
Tastemaker

So I go there more often than I've realized. Only to see bands I look forward to.

It's a neat little place and I've seen quite the variety of musical talent there. I've also had a few opportunities to photograph the acts.

Overall the sound is great, the space is small but there's something special about being all close together rather than a large venue where you're so far away from the stage.

The bar downstairs is actually quite nice if not packed, AND I found out last time you can get pizza there and they also serve those cheap ramen noodle packs!
Would recommend.

Attached, a picture I took at Barfly. 
(see more here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rominicole/)

Tom Bruce
Tastemaker

Low-key drama romanticising homelessness, drunken debauchery, and unsuccessful attempts at womanising, written by poet of the people Charles Bukowski about the heady days of his youth. The man could write, but, to answer one of his lovers' questions in the movie, "What do you want to be when you grow up?": He never did, as the sketchy, immature plot workings demonstrate. Mickey Rourke makes a mockery of drunk acting, rolling about as he does like a drooling invertebrate, but he does have some natural charm and his wooing and booing with a feisty Faye Dunaway flows alright. Barfly is book ended by effectively the same neon-drenched tracking shot, except reversed, and the Booker T & the MGs song tune that blares out alongside it is the highlight of the movie.

cambalache

no es una película para todos los gustos, es de un sentido del humor cercano a lo trágico, con un protagonista borracho, pero poeta a la vez. muy interesante.

cambalache

no es una película para todos los gustos, es de un sentido del humor cercano a lo trágico, con un protagonista borracho, pero poeta a la vez. muy interesante.