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  Charles Bukowski's Barfly: The Dignity and Depravity of Emotion
Chinaski knows that craziness, as described by those generally considered "normal," is too often attributed to those who have simply seen too much of reality and no longer see the use of pretending in a world of pretenders.
Chinaski is neither/nor, and refuses to be categorized.
Chinaski's displays of emotion in his fights with Eddie, therefore, are dignified, for he is fighting, however hopelessly, against a pervasive ideology that defies rationality, that cannot without endless frustration be questioned.
www.jaydougherty.com /bukowski/barfly.htm   (4732 words)

 Bukowski, Charles Criticism and Essays
Chinaski, like Bukowski, is able to step back and poke fun at his drunken, womanizing, excessively macho character.
His father, Henry Charles Bukowski, Sr., was a strict authoritarian who "disciplined" the young Bukowski regularly with a razor strop.
In Ham on Rye (1982), a younger Chinaski is the protagonist.
enotes.com /contemporary-literary-criticism/bukowski-charles-vol-108   (1595 words)

 HippoPress -- The Hippo -- Guide to Manchester and Nashua NH
Henry Chinaski (Matt Dillon) might be a Melville, a Hemingway, a literary giant of his generation or he might be an alcoholic loser who consistently puts the need for a drink above the need to, say, finish a day's work.
She'll go home with whoever buys her a drink and when she and Henry are together, she has a tendency to cheat on him whenever she suspects (or pretends to suspect) that he might be cheating on her.
Henry works when he has to and then spends almost all of whatever he earns on liquor (briefly, he is able to improve his class of liquor thanks to some luck at the tracks).
www.hippopress.com /film/Factotum.html   (723 words)

 Creative Loafing Atlanta
Frequently unemployed and inebriated, Chinaski seems identical to any other misguided chump with an artistic streak, except that he happens to be the fictional alter ego of the late Charles Bukowski, the Los Angeles "skid row poet" who rose from obscurity to cult status to international acclaim.
Chinaski takes jobs at such dreary venues as pickle factories and bicycle warehouses, although he'll run off to the nearest bar the minute his supervisor's back is turned.
Chinaski sums up his self-destructive integrity when he informs a desk jockey that he plans to use his paycheck to get drunk: "It may not be noble, but it's my choice."
atlanta.creativeloafing.com /gyrobase/PrintFriendly?oid=117930   (676 words)

 Mickey Rourke: Barfly - Movie
Henry is a writer who lives to escape what he dreads but without hurting anybody in the process.
Henry is not a person to hate but to pity yet you can really admire him because he lives by his own rules.
Henry Chinaski (Mickey Rourke) is a thinly disguised stand-in for screenwriter Charles Bukowski.
www.superiorpics.com /mickey_rourke/movie/1987_barfly.html   (1373 words)

Henry fights Eddie not out of personal animosity as much as from Henry's need to justify and validate his own existence.  A scene that wonderfully illustrates Henry's attitude is where we see Henry on his way to The Golden Horn to deliver some sandwiches to a couple of patrons.
Henry had been sending some of his stories to her magazine and she was so taken by them that she hired a private investigator to find Henry so that she could meet him.
Henry and Wanda are presented with all of their faults with no apologies or excuses, which makes this movie very compelling.
www.geocities.com /Hollywood/Set/7601/barfly.htm   (1461 words)

 The Movie Chicks - Review - Factotum
Fact: Henry Chinaski (Matt Dillon) wants to be a writer of great things — he writes all the time, but hasn’t sold anything, yet.
Henry hooks up with Jan (Lili Taylor); she’s attracted to this loser so you know she’s got a few issues of her own.
In this case, Henry wins a little money betting on the horses, gets bored with Jan, and has to go out and find somebody even more desperate to hang out with - Laura (Marisa Tomei) fits the bill living with her sugar daddy, Pierre (Didier Flamand).
www.themoviechicks.com /fall2006/mcrfactotum.html   (285 words)

 Here's to Matt Dillon, who turns in lush character study in 'Factotum'
Besides women and whiskey, all Chinaski cares about are his short stories, which he sends off to various magazines with no real hope of acceptance.
With his laconic performance, Dillon successfully conveys Henry's nonconformist mentality, giving him a self-assured irreverence that's best exemplified when Henry is invited to chat with his boss and another writer.
The rooms in Henry's life are predominantly olives, mustards and browns, reflecting his decidedly simple existence.
azcentral.com /arizonarepublic/preview/articles/0901factotum0901.html   (706 words)

 Charles Bukowski Novels - Ham on Rye, Factotum, Post Office, Women, Hollywood   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-06-21)
The protagonist, Henry Chinaski, is Buk's alter ego.
Chinaski is a fearless man who has a general disdain for society and middle class values.
Chinaski is an ugly kid who suffers from an extreme case of acne.
www.thebuk.com /buk_novels.html   (246 words)

 Barfly's "Henry Chinaski" Re-Introduced (short essay)
The viewer is intensely drawn into the action by the close proximity of the camera to the detective (so close that only half his head and a small portion of his left shoulder are visible).
Accompanied by a whirlwind of violin music, Henry throws his head back defiantly, a crazed grin on his face and declares maniacally "No, I'm Leon Spinx!" And we the viewers are reminded of how much Henry first seemed to be a lunatic when we, like the detective now, met him for the first time.
Henry pauses, replies "No, I'm quite allright!" and slams the door; The viewer, after experiencing a few days with Henry can feel confident that Henry is not destitute, crazy, needing help, but happy, living the lifestyle that he chooses for himself.
sandra.stahlman.com /barfly.html   (894 words)

 Rochester - "Factotum" - Film - Film reviews - City Newspaper
Chinaski's job in an ice factory ends when he answers the siren call of the dive bar while out on delivery.
At night Chinaski writes, using a legal pad, a pen, and a fifth, and he faithfully submits the unsolicited results to Bukowski's real-life publisher, Black Sparrow Press.
As the world-weary Chinaski, Dillon chooses to avoid the histrionic trap that has ensnared others playing career drunks, acting as though both motion and emotion are necessary evils and quietly registering all the hopelessness as well as the tiny glimmers of hope.
www.rochester-citynews.com /gyrobase/Content?oid=oid:4801   (700 words)

 Henry Chinaski - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Henry Chinaski is the protagonist of five novels by Charles Bukowski, as well as many short stories and poems.
Henry Chinaski is also mentioned briefly in the beginning of Bukowski's last novel Pulp.
He is also an autobiographical character; like Bukowski, Chinaski grows up poor; has liaisons with mostly younger women and spends many years in a post office job he hates.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Henry_Chinaski   (152 words)

 The Austin Chronicle : User Comments
Charles Bukowski's Henry Chinaski is back, played by Matt Dillon in a low-key, gorgeously beery performance; it's 100-proof Bukowski, but with a decent barkeep at the helm and Lili Taylor's Jan on his arm.
Factotum, for all its grim grind, is funny-serious and smart-stupid.
The sozzled Chinaski is back, this time played by Matt Dillon in a low-key, gorgeously beery performance that cuts closer to the author's literary state of permanent un-grace than any before; it's 100-proof Bukowski, but with a decent barkeep at the helm, purer of spirit, and with less blood on the stool.
www.austinchronicle.com /gyrobase/ReaderComments/?ContainerID=400873   (647 words)

 'Factotum': Poetry Amid the Monotony
In "Factotum," Henry Chinaski (Matt Dillon) is a struggling writer who supports himself in a series of low-paying jobs, none of which he's able to keep.
Fiery, self-destructive, as needy as she is adamantly independent, Jan inspires Henry but plays into his own worst impulses; their liaison burns with the kind of addictive intensity that can only end in immolation.
Chief among the many pleasures of "Factotum," based on the autobiographical novel of the same name by Charles Bukowski and directed by Bent Hamer, are its surprises, even in the midst of the monotony of a drunk's life.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/24/AR2006082400442_pf.html   (310 words)

 Here's to Matt Dillon, who turns in lush character study in 'Factotum'
Besides women and whiskey, all Chinaski cares about are his short stories, which he sends off to various magazines with no real hope of acceptance.
Working in an icehouse, Henry is given the added responsibility of making a delivery, which unfortunately is to a saloon.
With his laconic performance, Dillon successfully conveys Henry's nonconformist mentality, giving him a self-assured irreverence that's best exemplified when Henry is invited to chat with his boss and another writer.
www.azcentral.com /arizonarepublic/preview/articles/0901factotum0901.html   (682 words)

 Matt Dillon - Movies - New York Times
Given such themes, it’s easy to see what happened to Henry: his weary face, his hunched shoulders and the tremor in his hands tell a straightforward hard-luck tale; and if he sat still for long enough, you might be able to watch his lungs and liver disintegrating.
This summer, in addition to Henry Chinaski, he plays the regular-guy buddy of Owen Wilson’s naughty-boy slacker in “You, Me and Dupree,” a role that is not altogether untypical.
Henry Chinaski, by contrast, is a more-or-less real person — the distance between him and Charles Bukowski is approximately the breadth of a sheet of typing paper — stylized by Mr.
www.nytimes.com /2006/08/20/movies/20scot.html?ex=1313726400&en=52cde0fe69160b8c&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss   (1208 words)

 Movie Habit
For Henry Chinaski (Matt Dillon, Crash), every one of life's vicissitudes should be pondered over a cigarette and each and every one of life's successes and setbacks deserves a toast.
One case in point is a little sequence in which Henry and his girlfriend-of-the-moment, Jan (Lili Taylor), try to figure out what time it is. It's no small task when their apartment's sole clock gains 35 minutes every hour.
Another tweak that makes the movie work better than the book is the continuing focus on Henry as a wannabe writer, adding voiceover comments about writing and Henry's insistence that he listen to his own voice rather than those of critics or the mass of untamed readers.
www.moviehabit.com /handheld/reviews/fac_ig06hh.php   (877 words)

 Factotum - Film Reviews - Film - Entertainment - smh.com.au
Lily Taylor is a jealous woman who loves Henry, and Marisa Tomei is one of the other women he chases and discards.
Henry is better-looking than Bukowski, and possibly nicer, although only marginally.
Chinaski's face is marked too, but it's more like a permanent case of sunburn.
www.smh.com.au /articles/2006/06/14/1149964602611.html   (814 words)

 Compare Prices and Read Reviews on Barfly at Epinions.com
Henry Chinaski: alcoholic, loser, poet, liar, dirt bag, lover, and one of the most interesting film characters of the 80's.
She too is an alcoholic, but Henry see's her and describes her as a "distressed Goddess." The two characters hit it off automatically.
Henry's speech could be taken out of context, and compared to other films.
www.epinions.com /content_29473607300   (530 words)

 The New Yorker : critics : cinema
Henry is the man whom Dillon plays in “Factotum.” As the title implies, Henry has never been blessed—or burdened—with steady employment.
This strikes me as a wise restraint; the camera cools things down, content to view Chinaski in the third person, and often beating a slow and sober retreat from his array of boozy companions, as if honoring their wish to be left in peace.
Chinaski slumps in rented rooms and writes stories, none of which, until the closing moments, meet with any success.
www.newyorker.com /critics/cinema/?060828crci_cinema   (1404 words)

 The Seattle Times: Arts & Entertainment: Through a glass, darkly: Dillon re-creates Charles Bukowski's alter ego
Chinaski is literary alter-ego to the late novelist and poet Charles Bukowski and has become a hero for legions of angry, under-appreciated writers who'd rather do anything than work.
Grim hardly describes the life of Hank Chinaski, a man who lives from paycheck to severance to unemployment payments working a string of nothing jobs that include janitor, commercial ice handler, factory laborer and quality assurance inspector at a pickle-packaging plant.
Through Hank Chinaski, Dillon paints a plainly autobiographical condensation of Bukowski's life as a habitué of the sleazy bars and flophouses of Los Angeles when he was in his 30s, 40s and 50s.
seattletimes.nwsource.com /html/artsentertainment/2003236457_dillon31.html   (1050 words)

Henry Chinaski, after all, is a derelict living in utter despair.
Henry likes to get there early (that is, before lunch) to cadge drinks from friendly day bartender Jim (J.C. Quinn).
Henry wins, mostly because his will (and sense of dignity) is stronger.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-srv/style/longterm/movies/videos/barflyrhowe_a0b12a.htm   (400 words)

 'Factotum' tells it like it is - Spectrum
The audience follows Chinaski through countless jobs, women, bottles of liquor and pages of writing as he tries to capture each moment of his seemingly aimless life.
Even Jan, Chinaski's primary love interest in the film, is largely unremarkable, an entity that comes and goes with the fling of their relationship.
However, it is the almost nihilistic emptiness of the character and settings combined with Chinaski's broken-down romanticism that shapes the moviescape.
www.commonwealthtimes.com /home/news/2006/09/25/Spectrum/factotum.Tells.It.Like.It.Is-2305979.shtml   (623 words)

 Factotum Review (2005)
Matt Dillon takes the lead role as Henry Chinaski — Bukowski in all but name — a struggling writer and full-time alcoholic, who maintains a meagre existence working a series of dead-end jobs while writing short stories and poems about his life and the world around him.
Chinaski is introduced to a fellow writer by his boss, but they have nothing to say to each other.
Chinaski can be charming and he certainly never lacks for female company, but neither Hamer or Dillon are afraid to show an ugly, brutish side, most obviously in the scene where he follows Jan into a bar after a row and knocks her flying from her stool.
www.thespinningimage.co.uk /cultfilms/displaycultfilm.asp?reviewid=1501   (806 words)

 Now Playing Magazine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-06-21)
Like his creator, Chinaski swings through a wide variety of low-paying, non-creative, menial jobs (working at a bike shop, a pickle factory, as an ice deliveryman and janitor) and a smaller handful of codependent, quasi-abusive monogamous relationships (embodied here by Marisa Tomei as a fling and Lili Taylor as on-again/off-again girlfriend Janet).
Through it all Chinaski pens short stories and sends them off blindly to a magazine in New York, subsisting on jug-wine and pancakes, cigarettes and melancholy.
An arthouse curio, Factotum isn’t for all tastes, but it’s studded with dark delights (Chinaski stalking one employer, trying to score a check for a half-day’s work), and it conveys with unflinching precision the life of a dinged, beaten-down spirit for whom creativity wasn’t just an impulse but rather a compulsion.
www.nowplayingmag.com /content/view/4472   (377 words)

 Film Reviews & Movie Showtimes | 'Factotum'
Chinaski is a slow bear, and the comedy comes in his stolid reaction to dealing with squares and bosses and, worst of all, writers.
That's Chinaski's curse: He wants the world to know he's a writer, but he can't bear to talk about literature.
The sight of this drunken Rapunzel is a perfect emblem of the crap jobs Chinaski drifts into, from one to the other.
www.metroactive.com /metro/08.23.06/factotum-0634.html   (917 words)

Henry CHINASKI was the semi-autobiographical literary character Charles Bukowski created for four of his novels, an alcohol fuelled anti-heroic bohemian bum who also made appearances in a number of the writer’s short stories and poems.
As befits their genre de choix CHINASKI absolutely love staccato sequences of minor chords, crunching them out on their guitars like an elephant stomping over countless packets of Snap, Crackle and Pop.
As menacing as all this may seem on paper, CHINASKI will be doing themselves an enormous disservice by claiming too close an association with the preponderately selfish, sulky and desultory world of emo.
www.whisperinandhollerin.com /reviews/review.asp?id=2403   (339 words)

 JournalStar.com - Ground Zero Online
Hired and fired from a series of jobs, mostly because he decides to take a few hours off during his shift to have a drink or two, Chinaski is hardly the heroic type.
But the picture is drawn — Chinaski bounces from job to job, woman to woman, drink to drink, and still manages to keep cranking out his writing.
He clearly has talent and a set of values, albeit values far different than the middle-class norm, and he lives his life trying to nurture the former and stay with the latter.
journalstar.com /articles/2006/10/27/gz/doc454128033e286107922481.txt   (549 words)

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