An essay on the film, Naked Lunch, and the act of creation…

Vision of The Artist – A Portrayal With Bug Writers in Naked Lunch

Setting The Scene

The film, Naked Lunch, tracks the journey of a man who returns to writing after murdering his wife. Contrary to many accounts of art and creative activity, rather than being the production of beauty, the artistic endeavour in Naked Lunch results in the releasing into the world of horrific creations that are controlling, violent and downright dangerous. Based on a book of the same name by William Burroughs, and on Burroughs’ life itself, Cronenberg’s creation echoes the philosophy of many of his previous films; creation is dangerous.


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