The Junky’s Christmas: William S. Burrough’s Claymation Christmas Film

Back in 1993, the Beat writer William S. Bur­roughs wrote and nar­rat­ed a 21 minute clay­ma­tion Christ­mas film. And, as you can well imag­ine, it’s not your nor­mal hap­py Christ­mas flick. Nope, this film – The Junky’s Christ­mas – is all about Dan­ny the Car­wiper, a junkie, who spends Christ­mas Day try­ing to score a fix. Even­tu­al­ly he finds the Christ­mas spir­it when he shares some mor­phine with a young man suf­fer­ing from kid­ney stones, giv­ing him the “immac­u­late fix.” There you have it. This film pro­duced by Fran­cis Ford Cop­po­la appears in our col­lec­tion of Free Movies Online, or you can buy it on Ama­zon here. via @UBUWeb

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William S. Bur­roughs on Sat­ur­day Night Live, 1981

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  • micfin says:

    Kind of a junkies George Burns, I love it. You can see he’s been there. Although, I nev­er expieri­enced an immac­u­late hit , but then, I’ve nev­er giv­en away my only hit, don’t believe that I could when I was sick.

  • sue me says:

    Prob­a­bly only self­less act he had done…nThe char­ac­ter’s self pity and manip­u­la­tion is enough to turn my stomach.nThat is the prob­lem with addic­tion, the belief that the junkie is a victim.nAs for the ani­ma­tion, I love the cinematography.nAs for the end­ing, one could only hope an addict could have such warm, lov­ing and nutri­tious sur­round­ings.

  • Rick says:

    “I cried because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet.” As bad as I thought my life is, this lit­tle film flood­ed me with a new sense of appre­ci­a­tion and grat­i­tude for what I have and who I have in my life.… thank you Mr. Cop­po­la.

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