The Mickey Rourke love continues with this episode on Barbet Schroeder's 1987 film Barfly. Scripted by author Charles Bukowski Barfly follows drunk poet Henry Chinaski (Rourke) as he traverses the bars, alleys, and roominghouses of L.A.'s Skid Row. Along the way he meets kindred spirit Wanda (Faye Dunaway) and they love and fight their way through life's ups and downs. Barfly is a surprisingly warm and humorous tale about those living on the outskirts of society.
Heather Drain and Anthony King join me to discuss the film, Bukowski's writing, problematic artists, and the beauty of art.
Some Bukowski resources:
And a picture of Red Stodolsky in front of the Baroque Book Store: