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Hubert Selby Jr: It'll Be Better Tomorrow

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Hubert Selby Jr. was a powerful and influential literary figure whose best-known novels, Last Exit to Brooklyn and Requiem for a Dream, dealt with the dark underside of life in a way that was bleak and often shocking, but also laced with compassion and understanding for the tortured lives of his characters. Selby only completed the eighth grade when he became a merchant marine and contracted a severe case of tuberculosis from infected cattle. While Selby survived thanks to bootleg antibiotics, he lost a lung and ...
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Hubert Selby Jr. was a powerful and influential literary figure whose best-known novels, Last Exit to Brooklyn and Requiem for a Dream, dealt with the dark underside of life in a way that was bleak and often shocking, but also laced with compassion and understanding for the tortured lives of his characters. Selby only completed the eighth grade when he became a merchant marine and contracted a severe case of tuberculosis from infected cattle. While Selby survived thanks to bootleg antibiotics, he lost a lung and had to give up his physically punishing work at sea. Selby took up writing and developed a unique style that helped make his first novel, 1964's Last Exit to Brooklyn, a critical success and a controversial best-seller. However, Selby developed a massive appetite for alcohol and drugs which derailed his career, and by the time he published his second book, 1971's The Room, Selby was all but forgotten. However, Selby's work developed a passionate following in Europe, and was rediscovered in the United States after a successful film adaptation of Last Exit to Brooklyn was released. Hubert Selby Jr.: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow is a documentary which explores the life and work of this unlikely literary icon, and features extensive interviews with Selby as well as his friends and admirers. Interview subjects include Lou Reed, Henry Rollins, Richard Price, Nick Tosches, Ellen Burstyn, Darren Aronofsky, Uli Edel, Amiri Baraka, and Jerry Stahl. Robert Downey Jr. serves as narrator. Eclectic DVD Distribution's release includes over three hours of audio featuring interviews with Hubert Selby Jr., critic Michael Silverblatt and director Uli Edel.
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Special Features

Over three hours of audio interviews with Hubert Selby Jr., literary critic Michael Silverblatt and 'Last Exit' director Uli Edel
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2007
  • UPC: 022891208297
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: Eclectic Dvd Dist.
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:19:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Downey Jr. Voice Only
Hubert Selby Jr.
Lou Reed Participant
Ellen Burstyn Participant
Jared Leto Participant
Darren Aronofsky Participant
Uli Edel Participant
Nicolas Winding Refn Participant
Henry Rollins
Jerry Stahl Participant
Richard Price Participant
Nick Tosches Participant
Amiri Baraka Participant
Gilbert Sorrentino Participant
John Calder Participant
Anthony Kiedis
James Remar Participant
Michael Silverblatt Participant
Susan Anton Participant
Alexis Arquette Participant
Desmond Nakano Participant
Michael David Lally Participant
Kenneth Shiffrin Participant
James Ragan Participant
James R. Giles Participant
Arthur Boyars Participant
Luke Davies Participant
Jem Cohen Participant
Kaytie Lee Participant
Matt Polish Participant
Susan Compo Participant
Cameron Johann
Stephen Lang
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Burt Young
Bernard Zette
Marlon Wayans
Bill Buell
Jimmie Ray Weeks
John Turturro
Technical Credits
Michael W. Dean Director, Cinematographer, Producer
Kenneth Shiffrin Director, Executive Producer
Bob Bartosik Score Composer
Ryan Brown Editor, Producer
Martyn LeNoble Score Composer
Raymond Michel Cinematographer
Steve Munger Score Composer
Suzanne Selby Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hubert Selby Jr.: It'll Be Better Tomorrow
1. The Man [15:54]
2. The Art [18:57]
3. Trial [5:22]
4. Movies [11:35]
5. Pop Culture [4:24]
6. Acceptance [10:35]
7. Triumph [8:08]
8. Credits [4:02]
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Disc #1 -- Hubert Selby Jr.: It'll Be Better Tomorrow
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   Chapters
   Extras
      Audio From Late 2003 (Oxygen Tank Video) Interview With Hubert Selby Jr.
      Audio From Early 2003 (Sweater Video) Interview With Hubert Selby Jr.
      Audio From Video Interview With 'Last Exit' Director Uli Edel
      Audio From Video Interview With Literary Critic/Radio Host Michael Silverblatt
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