The Cut Ups

William S Burroughs and Antony Balch (UK), The Cut Ups , 1966, duration 19:38.

This film builds on Burroughs’ and Brion Gysin’s literary technique of merging disperate passages of writing into a “cohesive” new work. Here, disperate cinematic sound/imagery are collaged and folded back into each other to create a mesmerizing portrait of Burroughs and his colleagues.