One Man Show: Charles Boultenhouse
16mm, color, 43.30 min
Keywords: Literature & Theater
The following three films may be ordered as a one-man show, at a special package rental of $100. See individual catalog description for each: HENRY JAMES' MEMORIES OF OLD NEW YORK (1959) HANDWRITTEN (1959) DIONYSUS (1963)
16mm Rental: $100.00
16mm, color, 9 min
N.B. The following three films may be ordered as a one-man show, at a special pakage rental of $100.
Film and narration by Charles Boutenhouse. Charles Boutenhouse writes a poem in the shape of his hand and delineates the vibrancy of the creative process while doing so; the hands on Paleolithic cave paintings to his own hand to the ultimate painting in the form of a hand, the echoes and reverberations of the poetic act of writing are registered.
HANDWRITTEN The most marvelous quality of Boutenhouse's film is its clarity and direct use of vision. On one viewing the central image is pellucid. P. Sitney Adams, Film Culture, No.31
HANDWRITTEN If one had to name the true avant garde film in the best spirit of our times underground aesthetics-- that is, one formally preoccupied with converting the pad into some coherent and imaginative film statement solely about the pad's occupant-- one could do no better than choose Charles Boutenhouse's HANDWRITTEN. --Parker Tyler, Underground Film: A Critical History
And in it's brief length, HANDWRITTEN evokes ... a combination of visual imagery and language for which the term filmpoem seems at last fully justified. --Wallace Thurston, Kulchur #16
16mm Rental: $30.00
Henry James' Memories of Old New York
16mm, color, 8.5 min
N.B. The following three films may be ordered as a one-man show, at a special package rental of $100.
Because of the film's choices of text and illustration were made so well -- and because the natural anatomy of memory is so like that of cinema montage-- the movie's effectiveness is very great, and it stands as a worthy initial exploration of the medium in which Mr. Boultenhouse has wrought so well. --Wallce Thurston, Kulchur #16
16mm Rental: $30.00
16mm, color, 26 min
N.B. The following three films may be ordered as a one- man show, at a special package rental of $100.
An experiment to use the devices of the film medium to intensify the expressitivity of the Greek myth of Pentheus: cycling hand-held cameras for intoxication, slow-motion pans for hypnosis, single frame cutting for dismemberment, multiple exposures for metamorphosis, etc. A parody of the embrace from LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD is included in the Satyr Play. Charles Boutenhouse's dionysus... (one of the ) ... important occasions for the new cinema. -- Jonas Mekas, Movie Journal: The Rise of a New American Cinema.
... the film begins with the dancer Louis Falco, as Dionysus, in thrusting leaps onto which are superimposed double images of opening fists:... of flowers opening their fists... of the athlete of April... of the green leap. The triple exposure of this first part of the movie have an extraordinary pictorial richness. Frequently throughout DIONYSUS the technique of superimposition of images is used to achieve some of the most startlingly beautiful filmic texture I have ever seen -- Wallace Thurston, Kulchur #16
16mm Rental: $60.00
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