Wednesday, April 11, 2007

...A Lemon

I’m currently writing a review of Into Great Silence and in the spirit of stillness I decided to post a clip from Hollis Frampton’s classic Lemon, an oddly compelling film despite the fact that the protagonist is inanimate. Avant-garde filmmakers in general strike me as simultaneously condescending and silly, a perception I suspect is shared by the majority of the film going public; yet, I found myself strangely transfixed by Frampton’s lemon. I even went so far as to inflict all four minutes of it on my second quarter visual storytelling class. In Lemon, Frampton experiments with compelling contrasts of light and shadow, transforming an ordinary lemon into something extraordinary. It’s a testament to the importance of lighting in infusing mundane realities with dramatic energy.

Link to Lemon: