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[1967]. Five 8 1/2 x 11" sheets, vintage "xero copy" from typescript and holograph emendations.

A five pp. typescript submitted to Bill Levy, editor of the International Times, for publication of that magazine in 1967, though to the best of our knowledge the text was never published. The text is an essay on eroticism and the relationship between the camera and the object, and it includes a faintly reproduced page of stills from Heliczer's film "Joan of Arc", including shots of Andy Warhol, Ted Berrigan, Gerard Malanga and others. A second sheet of images and text reproduces a collaborative work between Heliczer and Jack Smith entitied "photos of the remarkable 1929 nameless woman disappearance", a series of photographs in a camp vein very similar to their collaboration "The Beautiful Book". The sheet also prints the name "Araby Stillman", certainly a reference to the mysterious Frances Araby Stillman, onetime partner of Angus Maclise, but we've been unable to ascertain whether or not she is the woman in the photographs.

The text didn't appear in the International Times, and we can't find any record of it being published elsewhere. We also find no reference to the original manuscript surviving, making this perhaps the only known example so far of one of Heliczer's most fully realized statements on filmmaking, and rare documentation of an unpublished collaboration with Jack Smith. Item #25894

Price: $450.00

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