A drug-addict writer, who is an exterminator part-time, accidentally kills his wife and then hallucinates that his typewriter has become a giant cockroach in this bizarre over-the-edge tale. Exterminate all rational thought. Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs' hallucinatory, "unfilmable" novel is finally realized on-screen by director David Cronenberg. Part-time exterminator and full-time drug addict Bill Lee Peter Weller plunges into the nightmarish netherworld of the Interzone, pursuing a mysterious project that leads him to confront sinister cabals and giant talking bugs. The fruit of an unholy union between two masters of the hilarious and the macabre, Naked Lunch mingles aspects of Burroughs' novel with incidents from his own life, resulting in a compendium of paranoid fantasies and a searching investigation into the mysteries of the writing process.
In praise of Naked Lunch – the weirdest studio film ever made
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William S. Burroughs is one of the most pathetic figures in modern literature, his sadness made more poignant because it has been drawn out for so long. And in a recent documentary about his life, Burroughs came across as a man who walks around with something wounded inside, something that hurts so much that his spirit simply shut down. He has kicked drugs, he claims, and is gainfully employed as an insect exterminator.
It is an adaptation of William S. Burroughs ' novel of the same name , and an international co-production of Canada , Britain and Japan. Naked Lunch has since become a cult film , acclaimed for its surrealistic visual and thematic elements. William Lee is an exterminator who finds that his wife Joan is stealing his supply of insecticide to use as a recreational drug.
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