nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands

Release date:

1995

Running time:

14 minutes

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Available on VHS

Closed Captioned:

No

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American Sign Language (ASL) is not English: it has a syntax of its own. Remaining true to e.e. cummings' vision, this film transliterates the poem "nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands" metaphorically into the syntax of ASL rather than Signed Exact English (SEE). By doing so, the film expresses the poet's linguistic play in words. The poetic hand movements of ASL/Art-Sign emphasize the dexterous quality of cummings' perspective and give an innovative visual interpretation best suited to this avant-gardist poem.

This film presents a penetrating, political-linguistic expression of humanity in a twisting, intertwining multi-choreographed collaboration of several artists in Art-Sign, cinematography, music and dance. Music by Kate Hammett-Vaughan, Coate Cooke and Ron Samworth.

Also available as a 16mm print with advanced notice.

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