Imagine that you spent a whole night drinking, smoking, and talking about sex with iconically subversive writer Charles Bukowski and his then-fiancee, at his home, in 1981 when he was at the pinnacle of his legend. Imagine that you filmed the whole thing — and then lost the tapes. Now imagine, you find those tapes in a dusty box in the garage almost 35 years later.

This is the scenario surrounding the new documentary from producer and journalist Silvia Bizio and director Matteo Borgardt. The vintage footage, an extraordinary time capsule, is now accompanied by present-day reflection on the impact of the conversation, and the author’s globally enduring legacy following his death in 1994. Opening August 7 on demand; in Los Angeles with Laemmle Theatres. laemmle.com.

Advertising disclosure: We may receive compensation for some of the links in our stories. Thank you for supporting LA Weekly and our advertisers.