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By Eric Campos | August 29, 2006

During the seven year struggle it took to get “Barfly” to the big screen, filmmaker Barbet Schroeder turned his camera on his screenwriter and overall basis of the project, Charles Bukowski, capturing his personal rants and editing them all as separate monologues, ultimately compiling them into a collection called “The Charles Bukowski Tapes.” Due to its experimental format and its whopping running length of four hours, the “Tapes” never really materialized for public consumption…until now.

All four hours of pure Bukowski are here on DVD thanks to Barrel Entertainment. Those who have seen interview footage of Bukowski know that he can be just as captivating speaking his mind as he is with his written word. Within these clips, Bukowski speaks intimately on numerous topics, all of which can be found in his writings. These tapes serve as an extension to those writings and this DVD is a must have for Bukowski fans.

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