Hollywood is a 1989 novel by Charles Bukowski which fictionalizes his experiences writing the screenplay for the film Barfly and taking part in its tumultuous journey to the silver screen. It is narrated in the first person.
Adopting the stylized alter-ego, Henry 'Hank' Chinaski, a character used in previous novels, this book relates his experiences of working with a director, finding financial backing, losing financial backing, writing the screenplay and finally completing the film, Barfly. The seemingly preposterous exchanges and occurrences within these pages leave the reader with the conviction that Hank Chinaski's life was truly stranger than fiction.
The novel is a roman Ã clef, in which Bukowski is named Henry Chinaski, and his wife Linda is named Sarah. His friend, the poet John Thomas Idlet, is named John Galt. His German translator Carl Weissner is named Karl Vossner. Photographer Michael Montfort is named Michael Huntington. The film Barfly is named The Dance of Jim Beam. Film company Cannon is named Firepower. Bukowski uses the following names as pseudonyms for the people with whom he worked on the movie.
Mickey Rourke, the lead actor in the film, is named Jack Bledsoe
Faye Dunaway, the lead actress, is named Francine Bowers
Barbet Schroeder, the director, is named Jon Pinchot.
Idi Amin, the subject of Schroeder's earlier documentary film, is named Lido Mamin
Menahem Golan, co-producer, is named Harry Friedman
Yoram Globus, co-producer, is named Nate Fischman
Robby MÃ¼ller, cameraman, is named Hyans
Ã‰va GÃ¡rdos, the editor, is named Kay Bronstein
Frank Stallone is named Lenny Fidelo
He also references people he met in Hollywood during his time working on the movie:
Dennis Hopper is named Mack Austin
Sean Penn is named Tom Pell
Madonna is named Ramona
Norman Mailer is named Victor Norman
David Lynch is named Manz Loeb
Isabella Rossellini is named Rosalind Bonelli
Werner Herzog is named Wenner Zergog
Taylor Hackford is named Hector Blackford
Roger Ebert is named Rick Talbot
Jean-Luc Godard is named Jean-Paul Modard
Timothy Leary is named Jim Serry
Anton Corbijn is named Corbell Veeker
Steve BaÃ«s is named Francois Racine
Francis Ford Coppola is named Frances Ford Lopalla
Though officially engaged only as screenplay writer, Bukowski appeared in the background of one scene, sitting at the bar with the other "barflies." Schroeder already had filmed a series of 52 short interviews with Bukowski, assembled under the title The Charles Bukowski Tapes. Footage later was used in a 2003 documentary on the author titled Bukowski: Born into This.
(a review of the book followed by a very short interview with Bukowski)
Category:1989 American novels Category:Novels by Charles Bukowski Category:American autobiographical novels Category:Hollywood novels