Charles Boultenhouse

Handwritten (1959) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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