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Bukowski At Bellevue (1970)

Cast: Charles Bukowski, Charles Bukowski
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Studio: Screen Edge
Genre: Cult, Independent, Art, Stand-up Comedy/Performance, Experimental/Avant-Garde
Running Time: 60 min.
Languages: English
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In 1970, Charles Bukowski was a prolific poet and short story writer, but he had yet to gain a sizable following for his work outside of his hometown of Los Angeles, CA, and it would be several years before he would attain the underground literary celebrity he enjoyed in the 1980s and '90s. When Bellevue Community College in Bellevue, WA, invited Bukowski to perform a reading, it was only the fourth time the author had read his work in public; a two-man student camera crew was on hand to record the event using a primitive portable video system, and Bukowski at Bellevue is one of the few visual documents of Bukowski reading his rough-hewn, streetwise poetry for an audience. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Good to see the man speak by kingdavid27 November 23, 2004 - 3:45 PM PST
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I'm a huge Bukowski fan, but this work (obviously from over 30 years ago) suffers from poor audio and video quality. It's fun to watch the master speak and laugh, but its poor sound quality and static one-camera technique make for an endurance test for any Buk fan. It would be a perfect match for the "Lenny Bruce Performance Film," if that's your idea of perfect. Still waiting for the 2004 documentary "Born Into This."

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(Average 6.11)
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