A Hollis Frampton Odyssey A Hollis Frampton Odyssey

A Hollis Frampton Odyssey

Hollis Frampton

 
A Hollis Frampton Odyssey (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 266 minutes
  • Color, Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #607

An icon of the American avant-garde, Hollis Frampton made rigorous, audacious, brainy, and downright thrilling films, leaving behind a body of work that remains unparalleled. In the 1960s, having already been a poet and a photographer, Frampton became fascinated with the possibilities of 16 mm filmmaking. In such radically playful and visually and sonically arresting works as Surface Tension, Zorns Lemma, (nostalgia), Critical Mass, and the enormous, unfinished Magellan cycle (cut short by his death at age forty-eight), Frampton repurposes cinema itself, making it into something by turns literary, mathematical, sculptural, and simply beautiful—and always captivating. This collection of works by the essential artist—the first release of its kind—includes twenty-four films, dating from 1966 to 1979.

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Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restorations of all twenty-four films, with uncompressed monaural audio on the sound films on the Blu-ray edition


    EARLY FILMS
    Manual of Arms (1966 • 17 minutes, 10 seconds • Black & White • Silent)
    Process Red (1966 • 3 minutes, 37 seconds • Color • Silent)
    Maxwell’s Demon (1968 • 3 minutes, 44 seconds • Color • Mono)
    Surface Tension (1968 • 9 minutes, 30 seconds • Color • Mono)
    Carrots & Peas (1969 • 5 minutes, 21 seconds • Color • Mono)
    Lemon (1969 • 7 minutes, 17 seconds • Color • Silent)
    Zorns Lemma (1970 • 59 minutes, 51 seconds • Color • Mono)


    FILMS FROM HAPAX LEGOMENA
    (nostalgia) (1971 • 36 minutes, 7 seconds • Black & White • Mono)
    Poetic Justice (1972 • 31 minutes, 28 seconds • Black & White • Silent)
    Critical Mass (1971 • 25 minutes, 11 seconds • Black & White • Mono)


    FILMS FROM MAGELLAN
    The Birth of Magellan
    The Birth of Magellan: Cadenza I (1977–1980 • 5 minutes, 41 seconds • Color • Mono)
    Straits of Magellan
    Pans 0–4 and 697–700 (1969–74 • 1-minute each • Color • Silent)
    INGENIVM NOBIS IPSA PVELLA FECIT, Part I (1975 • 4 minutes, 48 seconds • Color • Silent)
    Magellan: At the Gates of Death, Part I: The Red Gate 1, 0 (1976 • 5 minutes, 10 seconds • Color • Silent)
    Winter Solstice (1974 • 32 minutes, 36 seconds • Color • Silent)
    The Death of Magellan
    Gloria! (1979 • 9 minutes, 36 seconds • Color • Mono)

  • Audio commentary and remarks by filmmaker Hollis Frampton on selected works
  • Excerpted interview with Frampton from 1978
  • A Lecture, a performance piece by Frampton, recorded
    in 1968 with the voice of artist Michael Snow
  • Gallery of works from Frampton’s xerographic series By Any Other Name
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an introduction by film critic Ed Halter; essays and capsules on the films by Frampton scholars Bruce Jenkins, Ken Eisenstein, and Michael Zryd; and a piece by film preservationist Bill Brand

    New cover by Jason Hardy

Film Essays

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A Hollis Frampton Odyssey: Nostalgia for an Age Yet to Come

By Ed Halter April 24, 2012

In his work, Frampton changed the very shape of cinema into an ecstatic hybrid of mathematics and poetry. Read more »

Photo Galleries


Photo Galleries


Film Essays

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A Hollis Frampton Odyssey: Nostalgia for an Age Yet to Come

By Ed Halter April 24, 2012

In his work, Frampton changed the very shape of cinema into an ecstatic hybrid of mathematics and poetry. Read more »


Features

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A Lecture

By Hollis Frampton April 24, 2012

With a projector, a screen, some red cellophane, a pipe cleaner, and this script, you can re-create this performance piece by Hollis Frampton. Read more »


Big Screen

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A Hollis Frampton Slide Show in New York

April 06, 2012

Images by the avant-garde icon can be seen at Anthology Film Archives this weekend. Read more »


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