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Charles Bukowski - Bukowski at Bellevue

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In the Spring of 1970, poet Charles Bukowski packed his overnight bag and took a plane ride to Washington to read at Bellevue Community College. This reading was videotaped in black and white by two students and the film lay forgotten for 18 years. Although technically shaky the film captures Bukowski at his best.

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  • Actors: Charles Bukowski
  • Writers: Charles Bukowski
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Screen Edge
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000286S0G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,441 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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What a joy this DVD is, an artifact from another time, from the sound of CB'S voice to the funny wanderings of the camera man,this is a DVD that all serious and not so serious lovers of poetry should have.

I have watched it twice today,and the defects in the quality of the original tape do not detract at all, rather they seem somehow to enhance the experience of listening and watching the DVD.It is a wonderful antidote to all the slick product around,so much style at the expense of content.

This DVD is content at the expense of style.
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Bukowski devotees will want to watch this. Even for them, however, the poor quality of this DVD, with its grainy footage, will test their patience. Then again, maybe grainy footage is fitting for the greatest of the skid row writers. As with Bukowski's writing, the format is very minimalist: just the author, hair greased back and wearing his trademark California t-shirt and Chinos, sitting in a chair reading from a stack of poems. It's hard not to be transfixed by Bukowski's words. I had never heard Bukowski speak before I rented this DVD. Although Buk could get antagonistic at some poetry readings, here he is well behaved. But, what's in that thermos, Hank? Anyway, some of the poems are great, though disturbing. The one about his girlfriend having sex with the firemen is pure Bukowski. The montage-style "My Father Was" is oddly moving. Buk doesn't put much fire into his readings, however. He seems determined not to ham it up, a la Ginsberg. Yet, despite the flat nature of his delivery, he does make a few jokes. After describing a woman as having waists rather than a waist, he corrects himself, saying, "you only have one waist." As raw as Bukowski often got, the sense of humor was always there.
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Quality is sub-par. Which is to be expected-he wasn't that popular in 1970, and not everyone had access to great recording equipment at that point. Still, the quality will drive you crazy. The camera freezes throughout the performance, and the reading isn't of the craziness level you'd expect.
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The video quality is pretty poor, like a third generation VHS copy. It has bad vertical hold and the video freezes every now and then. You can hear background noises like airplanes flying overhead, sirens, and traffic noises. There was no DVD insert and no DVD special features. The first poem read is about Sheri Martinelli.
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Bukowski (1987)

Bukowski is drunk, reads poetry, talks about life amongst other things. In all, it's interesting because Bukowski was such a good writer and you'll be pulled in.

I read all of Bukowski's work and loved the stuff, especially Post Office: A Novel by Charles Bukowski, Factotum by Charles Bukowski and Pulp by Charles Bukowski.

If you don't like Bukowski then you'll probably be bored out of your mind. Some people have trouble because he drank so much and lived in some shoddy place in L.A. Bukowski was also an admitted dipsomaniac and barfly. At least the guy was honest. I like a writer who is honest. You really do find honesty in Bukowski's work.

Bukowski is drunk, reads poetry, talks about life amongst other things.

You'll be pulled in.
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