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Barfly

1987

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  • Barfly has few peers when it comes to pitch-black comedies of ill manners. Mickey Rourke, still young and beautiful at the time, made a startling transformation into Bukowski’s alter ego, Henry Chinaski; his sly, shambling, perpetually quizzical performance transcends every cliché of inebriation.

  • Takes a while to register that Mickey Rourke is doing W.C. Fields (he even throws his voice), just as it takes a while to click that this isn't about drinking as romantic self-destruction, the old maudlin story, but drinking as a kind of performance art, our hero not in fact an alcoholic but a writer taking refuge in the life, implicitly to shield his intimacy issues. Deceptively smart, and Robby Muller's eye-popping colours are the cherry in the cocktail.