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Following a young schoolboy desperately trying to return a notebook to a schoolmate over one long afternoon and night, Kiarostami’s film is warm, humane, and complex despite its seeming simplicity. Watch<em> Where Is My Friend’s House?</em>, unavailable on Blu-ray or DVD in the United States, below or <a href="http://www.hulu.com/watch/684375">at Hulu.</a> And remember, if you subscribe to Hulu for just $7.99 a month, you can see more than 900 Criterion films commercial-free, anytime.</p> <div class="player"> <p><iframe width="512" height="288" src="https://secure.hulu.com/embed.html?eid=habq8q2fe-yfc3k0v4tfjw" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe></p> </div> <p><br></p> </div> <div class="post_meta"> <h4> <a href="/current/posts?category=Announcements">Announcements</a>, <a href="/current/posts?category=Hulu">Hulu</a>, <a href="/current/posts?category=Video">Video</a> </h4> <ul> <li>Posted on July 17, 2015</li> <li>/</li> <li><a href="/current/posts/3619-what-s-happening-on-hulu#comments">2 comments</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="post_nav"> <div id="current-post-like-button"> <fb:like href="http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/3619-what-s-happening-on-hulu" send="false" width="450" height="35" show_faces="false" font="arial"></fb:like> </div> <ul> <li class="prev"> <a href="/current/posts/3630-here-is-your-life-great-expectations">Newer</a> </li> <li class="next"> <a href="/current/posts/3629-repertory-pick-maddin-on-melodrama">Older</a> </li> </ul> </div> </li> </ul> <div id="comments_box"> <div id="comments" class="commentable_comments" data-widget="Comments" data-commentable="3619-what-s-happening-on-hulu" > <h3 data-comment-count="2"> 2 comments </h3> <ul class="comments" data-name="comment-list"> <li class="comment" data-name="comment-wrapper"> <a name="comment-2283037"></a> <div class="comment_left"> <p> <strong> By <a href="/my_criterion/180879-justin-thomas">Justin Thomas</a> </strong> <br /> July 18, 2015<br />12:53 PM </p> </div> <div class="comment_right"> Thank you for putting Víctor Erice’s The Spirit of the Beehive on Hulu! I'll be watching it soon. </div> <a href="/comments/new?commentable_id=3619&amp;commentable_type=EditorialContent%3A%3APost&amp;parent_id=2283037" class="reply" data-name="reply-link" title="Reply">Reply</a> <ul class="replies" style="display: none;" data-name="reply-list"> </ul> </li> <li class="comment last" data-name="comment-wrapper"> <a name="comment-2283039"></a> <div class="comment_left"> <p> <strong> By <a href="/my_criterion/134869-obscuredbyclouds">obscuredbyclouds</a> </strong> <br /> July 18, 2015<br />04:51 PM </p> </div> <div class="comment_right"> Not only is "Where Is My Friend's House?" a brilliant film, but so is the entire Koker Trilogy, including "Life and Nothing More" and "Through the Olive Trees". 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Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Canada
  • 1991
  • 115 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #220

In this adaptation of William S. Burroughs’s hallucinatory, once-thought-unfilmable novel Naked Lunch, directed by David Cronenberg, a part-time exterminator and full-time drug addict named Bill Lee (Peter Weller) plunges into the nightmarish Interzone, a netherworld of sinister cabals and giant talking bugs. Alternately humorous and grotesque—and always surreal—the film mingles aspects of Burroughs’s novel with incidents from the writer’s own life, resulting in an evocative paranoid fantasy and a self-reflexive investigation into the mysteries of the creative process.

Credits

DirectorDavid Cronenberg
Written byDavid Cronenberg
Produced byJeremy Thomas
Based on the book byWilliam S. Burroughs
CoproducerGabriella Martinelli
Director of photographyPeter Suschitzky
Production designerCarol Spier
MusicHoward Shore
Edited byRonald Sanders
Costume designerDenise Cronenberg
Casting byDeirdre Bowen

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • High-definition digital transfer, approved by director David Cronenberg, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring Cronenberg and actor Peter Weller 
  • Naked Making Lunch, a 1992 documentary by Chris Rodley about the making of the film
  • Special effects gallery, featuring artwork and photos alongside an essay by film writer Jody Duncan
  • Collection of original marketing materials
  • Audio recording of William S. Burroughs reading from his novel Naked Lunch
  • Gallery of photos taken by poet Allen Ginsberg of Burroughs
  • Film stills gallery (DVD only)
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring reprinted pieces by film critic Janet Maslin, critic and novelist Gary Indiana, filmmaker and writer Chris Rodley, and Burroughs

    New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Film Essays

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Naked Lunch: Burroughs

By Gary Indiana April 09, 2013

The revolutionary, radical, and controversial writing of William S. Burroughs constituted a brilliant assault on traditional fiction. Read more »


Film Essays

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Naked Lunch: So Deep in My Heart That You’re Really a Part of Me

By Chris Rodley April 09, 2013

David Cronenberg and William S. Burroughs: it was a meeting of the mutant minds years in the making. Read more »


Film Essays

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Naked Lunch: Drifting In and Out of a Kafkaesque Reality

By Janet Maslin April 09, 2013

This review originally appeared in the December 27, 1991, edition of the New York Times. Read more »

Photo Galleries

Making the Mugwump

April 18, 2013


Photo Galleries


Film Essays

Naked_lunch_burroughs_feature_thumbnail

Naked Lunch: Burroughs

By Gary Indiana April 09, 2013

The revolutionary, radical, and controversial writing of William S. Burroughs constituted a brilliant assault on traditional fiction. Read more »


Film Essays

Naked_lunch_essay_feature_thumbnail

Naked Lunch: So Deep in My Heart That You’re Really a Part of Me

By Chris Rodley April 09, 2013

David Cronenberg and William S. Burroughs: it was a meeting of the mutant minds years in the making. Read more »


Film Essays

Naked_lunch_kafka_feature_thumbnail

Naked Lunch: Drifting In and Out of a Kafkaesque Reality

By Janet Maslin April 09, 2013

This review originally appeared in the December 27, 1991, edition of the New York Times. Read more »


Features


Photo Galleries

Monsters!

February 08, 2012


News

Aces in the Hole

June 23, 2010

Two of our favorite artists, filmmaker David Cronenberg (Naked Lunch, Videodrome) and novelist Jonathan Lethem (who’s written liner notes for us and even set the opening scene of his most recent . . . Read more »


Clippings

Lunch at Midnight

February 22, 2009

“If there’s such a thing as an ideal time of day to expose yourself to the deranging, hallucinatory visions of the Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg, midnight might well be it,” writes critic . . . Read more »