Portrait of Walter Gutman

Thursday, March 24, 1988, 8:00 pm

The Obsessions Of Walter Gutman


800 Chestnut Street

San Francisco, CA, 94133

With careers as an art critic, Wall Street advisor and underground film producer behind him, Walter Gutman turned filmmaker at age 65. Always a generous behind-the-scenes force (funding films for Robert Frank and George Kuchar), he began to explore life-long preoccupations ranging from historical “reconstructions” to female bodybuilders. Says Kuchar, “Walter was a very corpulent man, always rosie-cheeked and active in the pursuit of youth. He loved writing, painting, the stock market, and strong women who could pick him up.” Gutman died in 1986 — tonight’s tribute to his memory includes The Grape Dealer’s Daughter (1968), It Happened in Sarasota (1980), and Hands Down (1983). Program and notes by Michael Wallin.