in about 100 words or less
US 97m, Colour
Director: Barbet Schroeder; Cast: Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway, Alice Krige, Jack Nance, J.C. Quinn, Frank Stallone
Barfly is a darkly humorous and insightful autobiographical film written by Charles Bukowski based on a period of his life in Los Angeles in which he was particularly inebriated. Brilliantly portrayed by Rourke, Henry Chinaski meets the woman of his dreams – a drunkard girlfriend named Wanda with beautiful legs (Dunaway) who is willing to coexist with him on his own terms. An often brutal and bloody portrayal of this writer’s self-imposed low-life, Barfly is a wonderfully gritty and colorful film that is endlessly re-watchable (Klaus Ming September 2012).