Charles Bukowski
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Charles Bukowski's influences curated by MyInfluenc.es. Henry Charles Bukowski (born Heinrich Karl Bukowski was a German-born American poet, novelist and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles. It is marked by an emphasis on the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women and the drudgery of work. SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA
 
   
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Eraserhead
David Lynch

Bukowski talked about film in an interview with Film Comment. "You don’t like movies, do you?"

"No. Linda will say, “Let’s go to a movie.” And I’ll say, “Oh, Christ,” It’s embarrassing to see a movie. I feel gypped, sitting there with all these people. It is a good excuse to buy some popcorn and a Dr. Pepper. You’d never eat popcorn sitting at home."

"Did you always feel that way?"

"When I was a kid in the Depression, when you’re eleven years old, Buck Rodgers looks pretty good to you. Even Tarzan. The Cary Grants and all that, we used to yawn through that. Still do. Movies—nothing much has occurred through all the decades.

Want me to name them? One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Elephant Man, Eraserhead, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?—that’s a classic. Kurosawa and those great battle scenes. And all those great samurai films where guys are chopping heads off." Linda: "You liked Chinatown."

CB: Okaaay, so you didn’t waste the evening, but you don’t go around thinking, like you do with Eraserhead, “Oh, what’s happening here?” We got cable TV here, and the first thing we switched on happened to be Eraserhead. I said, “What’s this?” I didn’t know what it was. It was so great. I said, “Oh, this cable TV has opened up a whole new world. We’re gonna be sitting in front of this thing for centuries. What next?” So starting with Eraserhead we sit here, click, click, click—nothing. AS TOLD TO CHRIS HODENFIELD OF FILM COMMENT IN 1988. INTERVIEW PUBLISHED ON FILMCOMMENT.COM.