Hollis Frampton Poetic Justice experimental film

Hollis Frampton’s Poetic Justice Analysis—Self-Reference and the Physicality of Film

Hollis Frampton’s Poetic Justice (1972) is a provocative self-reference to the medium of film, word–image relationship, representation, and imagination. The film consists of the chronological filming of a screenplay —a series of individual static shots with a single camera framing. The “cinematography,” if it can be called such, is minimalist and intentionally detached from the […]

Nostalgia experimental film by Hollis Frampton

Hollis Frampton’s Nostalgia—The Question of Temporality

Hollis Frampton’s Nostalgia, officially stylized as (nostalgia) (both are used interchangeably here), is a playful examination of sound and vision, past and future, memory and temporality, perception and imagination. The movie consists of static shots of photographs burning on a stove with a voice-over narration explaining the photographs. The artistic “tension” of the movie is […]

Michael Haneke Mein Leben documentary

Watch Michael Haneke Documentary “My Life” (2009)

Michael Haneke: My Life is a 2009 documentary by Felix and Gero von Boehm. Some of the themes of the documentary overlap with another documentary about Haneke, 24 Documentaries Per Second, but Boehm’s film provides interesting insights into some actors’ opinion of Michael Haneke, including Susanne Lothar, who played in Haneke’s Funny Games among other movies, […]

Hollis Frampton Lemon movie review

Hollis Frampton’s Lemon Analysis— The Nature of Film and Vision

Hollis Frampton’s Lemon (1969) examines the nature of vision, illusion, spatiality, and film. Unlike Frampton’s Nostalgia, Lemon is silent. It is a minimalist movie, in which a single static shot of a lemon continually changing in appearance as the light on screen changes. The film is thematically similar to Frampton’s Poetic Justice, which also examines […]

light switch theory in the blink of an eye Andrew Parker

Light Switch Theory—Andrew Parker and the Evolution of Eyes “In The Blink of an Eye”

Eyes first appeared approximately 543 million years ago during the Cambrian period—the geological period that marks the rapid increase in biodiversity. According to Andrew Parker’s Light  Switch Theory, vision is key for the understanding of the Cambrian. The reason for the so-called “Cambrian explosion”—because life suddenly “exploded”—has been studied extensively, including by Charles Darwin who […]

Human vision. Un Chien Andalou

The Human Eye and the Evolution of Vision—”The Fruit, The Tree, and The Serpent” by Lynne Isabell

Although Michael Haneke may disagree, cinema is a visual art first and foremost. As such, the theme of visual perception and the human eye is widely explored in movies, such as Michael Snow’s Wavelength. The highly complex vision is one of the distinctive features of humans. As anthropology, paleontology, and natural selection have proven, the […]

Michael Snow Wavelength

Michael Snow’s Wavelength—an Exploration of Vision, Perception, and Film

Michael Snow’s Wavelength is one of the cult experimental movies that transcend definitions. The 45-minute film consists of a static and gradual zoom-in shot inside of a studio loft, with the camera fixed at one side of the loft, and finishing with the close-up of a photograph hanging on the wall on the opposite side […]

Sarah Polley in Stories We Tell Documentary

Stories We Tell Analysis: Sarah Polley’s Documentary

Through its intricate structure, Stories We Tell (2012) by Sarah Polley (playing in The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica, and eXistenZ) examines the elusive nature of narratives, memories, and truth. The documentary points the camera to itself to analyze the meaning of its own story. The meta-narrative composition explores levels of storytelling unified by the larger theme […]

Michael Haneke documentary 24 Realities per Second.

Watch “24 Realities per Second” Michael Haneke Documentary

Nina Kusturica, a distant relative of Emir Kusturica, and Eva Testor made the Michael Haneke documentary in 2005 after filming  the director over a two-year span and following his festival trips and filmmaking process. Nina Kusturica has studied filmmaking and editing at the Vienna Film University, where Haneke is teaching. The movie’s style and topics […]

Michael Haneke's Funny Games

Michael Haneke’s Funny Games and the Lie of Reality

Michael Haneke’s “Funny Games” is a postmodern take on the realistic illusion of film. It is a self-referential exploration of the truth-value of artificial images and the “entertainment” of violence. It is also a meticulous technical exercise in repetitive breaking and building of the fourth wall—a meta-fiction that calls attention to its own artifice. “Well […]