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Factotum FilmHas anyone seen Factotum? It's out on DVD now and I'm thinking of renting...

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taco7 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted August 13, 2007 at 11:23 AM via web

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Factotum Film

Has anyone seen Factotum? It's out on DVD now and I'm thinking of renting it. 

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Scott Locklear | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted August 13, 2007 at 12:05 PM (Answer #2)

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It wasn't fabulous, but it was certainly worth a watch. Some reviewers felt it glossed over or romanticized the misery of Bukowski's life, but I thought there was despair and melancholy enough.

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted August 13, 2007 at 12:08 PM (Answer #3)

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It's just kind of hard for me to imagine someone as good looking at Matt Dillon playing Bukowski, but I have heard he did a good job with it. Thoughts?

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Scott Locklear | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted August 13, 2007 at 12:50 PM (Answer #4)

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Oh, Dillon uglies himself up a bit. No shiny-chest, muscle-bearing boy toy in this role.

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a-b | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted August 13, 2007 at 2:08 PM (Answer #5)

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I also want to see this, although I do think there may have been better choices for which of Buk's novels to make into a film. Anyway, it's now on my Netflix Queue so I'll try to report back with some thoughts!

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santari | eNotes Employee

Posted August 18, 2007 at 2:59 PM (Answer #6)

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I saw it quite a while ago, and really don't remember very much of it at all. Wish I had more to offer.

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted August 20, 2007 at 1:38 PM (Answer #7)

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Oh, Dillon uglies himself up a bit. No shiny-chest, muscle-bearing boy toy in this role.

Interesting, he's still kind of a pretty-boy though!

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anndinni | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 17, 2009 at 10:25 AM (Answer #8)

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The film Factotum did an outstanding job of adapting the narrative of the novel.  It's certainly "independent film" like in it's honest unforgiving display of the everyday life of an alcoholic.  The audience also gets to see a different side of a usually tough-guy Matt Dillon.  In the movie, his character struggles to keep a job because of his disease but all the while maintains his passion for writing.  It's a bit of a train-wreck like experience to watch but if you're into films that don't solve every problem in two hours, it's an honest study of a fictionalized great American writer.

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