Going, Going, Gonzo

A documentary reveals the man behind Fear and Loathing.

How many promising young men and women have been lost to the drudgery of a life in journalism because of Hunter S. Thompson? Lured by the good doctor's lurid depictions of endless travel, hard drugs, and loose fact-checking, many of our nation's talented top two percent have forgone lucrative careers in aeronautics, motion-picture production, and postmodern philosophy for a weekend-less existence of phoning low-level city employees for quotes about the millage rate. Turns out there are no editors interested in quasi-poetic meditations on the American dream in an age of capitalist alienation. And there was only one gonzo, as evidenced by Alex Gibney's authoritative documentary, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, premiering Friday night at the Miami Beach Cinematheque.

Gibney, who also directed Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and the Academy Award-winning Taxi to the Dark Side, uses Thompson’s own words to narrate the film and somehow gets everyone from Johnny Depp to Jimmy Carter in for an interview. Tickets cost $10. The film will show only at 8:30; then it gets shot out of the proverbial cannon toward oblivion.
Fri., Sept. 19, 8:30 p.m., 2008

 
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