Charles Boultenhouse

One Man Show: Charles Boultenhouse (1959) 16mm, color, 43.30 min

Genre: Experimental

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)

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

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

Charles Boultenhouse

Henry James' Memories of Old New York (1959) 16mm, color, 8.5 min

Genre: Experimental

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Cat's Cradle (1959) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Sexual witchcraft involving two couples and a medium cat -- Cinema 16

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Stan Brakhage

Sirius Remembered (1959) 16mm, color, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"I was coming to terms with decay with a dead thing and the decay if the memories of a loved being that had died and it was undermining all abstract concepts of death. The form was being cast our of probably the same physical need that makes dogs dance and howl in rhythm around a corpse. I was taking song as my source of inspiration for the rhythm structure, just as dogs dancing, prancing around a corpse, and howling in rhythm-structures or rhythm-intervals might be considered like the birth of some kind of song."

Rental: $48.00
16mm Rental: $48.00

Stan Brakhage

Wedlock House: An Intercourse (1959) 16mm, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

"The first months of marriage, with moments of mutual awareness, frightening understandings, lovemaking." -- Cinema 16

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Window Water Baby Moving (1959) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

... Brakhage's treatment of the birth of his daughter. Here he unleashes the full power of his technique, so apt to become abstractly unintelligible when left to his own devices, on a specific subject. The result is a picture so forthright, so full of primitive wonder and love, so far beyond civilization in its acceptance that it becomes an experience like few in the history of the movies. -- Archer Winstein, New York Post

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Eastside Summer (1959) 16mm, color, 11.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture, Music

A walk on the Lower Eastside, colorful and teeming to the piano of Thelonious Monk.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Maya Deren

Very Eye of Night, The (1959) 16mm, black and white, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

The Very Eye of Night is filmmaker Maya Deren's last completed film. It was made from 1952 to 1955 in collaboration with choreographer Antony Tudor, but it was not released until 1959 when the musical score by Teiji Ito was added. The entire film is projected as photographed in the negative. ~ David Lewis, All Movie Guide

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Ed Emshwiller

Dance Chromatic (1959) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

A fusion of dance, abstract painting, and a percussive score achieving a hypnotic and strongly rhythmic synthesis. --E. E.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Ed Emshwiller

Transformation (1959) 16mm, , min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Music, Structural

The pointillist score accompanies changing line, form, and color to create an animated film painting, achieved through the exploration of spontaneous abstractions. Utilizes evolving changes style, technique and rhythm. --E. E.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Christopher MacLaine

Scotch Hop (1959) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

"... is utterly beyond my description, being of the area of deceptively simple pure film movement--and I say 'deceptively simple' because I had to really work at it to find the cutting technique which made the whole film, all its images, seem like the bagpipe sound of its audio track to the extent that I really felt like I was watching sound and hearing images... i. e., that the droning beauty of the bagpipes finds its perfect visual correspondence in his slow-motion dance shots and that his jump cuts visually fulfill the grace note activity so wondrously peculiar to anyone who has attempted to play a chanter pipe or, that is, really listened to one." --Stan Brakhage

Rental: $28.00
16mm Rental: $28.00

Jack Smith

Scotch Tape (1959-62) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: queer

Note: Sound on Film. With Jerry Sims, Ken Jacobs and Reese Haire. 16mm Kodachrome shot on the rubble strewn site of the future Lincoln Center. The title arises from the piece of scotch tape which had become wedged in the camera gate. Brand new distribution print courtesy of the Gladstone Gallery.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jack Smith

Overstimulated (1959-63) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: queer

Note: This film is silent. "This short film, restored in 1995, stars Jerry Sims and the late filmmaker, Bob Fleischner. It is an early filmic exploration of the 'aesthetic of delirium' which Smith developed in his later films. At one time, in the 1970s this film was treated by Smith as a fragment, and included in various film/performances with No President. The audio cassette has 12 minutes of material and can be played at any point for the duration of the film." -- J. T. Plaster Foundation -- Brand new distribution print courtesy of Gladstone Gallery.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Vanderbeek

Achoo Mr. Keroochev (1959) 16mm, black and white, 2 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

"A sneezing, displeasing, crooked-looked of visual pratfalls by a patented politician in animation and live." S.V.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Stan Vanderbeek

Dance of the Looney Spoons (1959) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

An animated and live action fantasy, the loop de loops of ten spoons, forks and tableware ... a parable in the shape of a soup spoon ... conceived as a children's film.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Vanderbeek

Mankinda (1959) 16mm, black and white, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Various projects by Vanderbeek include the construction of the "Movie Dome" in Stony Point, New York, an audio-visual laboratory for simultaneous projection of dance, magic theatre, sound, and film; computer graphics: the development of images and graphics designed by manmade dialogue; animation and new graphics, projection systems, multi-media: integrated information concerts, movie-murals experiments with motion/light/stills/film/magic theatre. MANKINDA is an experimental combination of verse and hand-painted images creating graphic as well as verbal excitement. The letters themselves assume an almost ideographic significance. Vanderbeek described this film as a "visual tunnel, with a poem carved in light upon walls."

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Stan Vanderbeek

Science Friction (1959) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

" A social satire aimed at the rockets, scientists, and competitive mania of our time." S.V.

Rental: $20.00
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Stan Vanderbeek

Wheeeeels No. 2 (1959) 16mm, black and white, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

"Dedicated to Detroit and subtitled 'America on wheels.' A fantasy farce farce on the car of everyday life. Everything is a vehicle, life is in motion, motion is the means, the automation is the mean mania of today." S.V.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Stan Vanderbeek

Visibles (1959-1972) DVD PAL, Color & B/W, 73 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Includes: Science Friction (1959) 10 min, A la mode (1959) 7 min, Breathdeath (1963) 15 min, Poemfield No. 2 (1971) 6 min, Achoo Mr Kerrooschev (1960) 2 min, See Saw Seams (1965) 9 min, Panels for the Walls of the World (1967) 8 min, Oh (1968) 10 min, Symmetricks (1971) 6 min

DVD PAL Sale: $30.00 Individual/Home-use Only

Faith Hubley

Moonbird (1959) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, children & youth, personal/diary/journal

In a magical adventure, two brothers hunt an imaginary bird. Their dialogue is improvised. Academy Award-winning short voiced by Mark and Ray Hubley.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

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