A couple’s argument reaches “critical mass”, as Hollis Frampton’s film plays with the audience’s expectations of space, time, and synchronicity. —Criticker
Hollis Frampton (1936-1984) was an American avant-garde filmmaker, photographer, writer/theoretician, and a pioneer of digital art.
Frampton was born March 11, 1936 in Wooster Ohio. An only child, he was raised primarily by his maternal grandparents.
At the age of 15 he entered Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where he was accepted on full scholarship. At Andover, Frampton’s classmates and friends included the painter Frank Stella and sculptor Carl Andre. Widely read already as a youth, he had a reputation at Andover as a “young genius” but was also unpredictable: he failed to graduate from Andover, and thus forfeited a National Scholarship to Harvard University, when he failed his history course on a bet that he could pass the final exam without ever reading the textbook. Entering Western Reserve University in 1954, Frampton took a wide variety of classes( Latin, Greek, German, French, Russian, Sanskrit, Chinese, mathematics) but had no declared major. He recounts… read more
Just rewatched this. A brilliant exploration of the tension, viciousness, and ultimate meaninglessness of arguments in relationships.
Using jump-cuts, long periods of black screen where only the dialogue keeps us engaged, and warning sirens that signal only the worst of disasters, Frampton shows the ebb and flow of a heterosexual couple’s argument over privacy and possible infidelity. This film was very stressful, what with the jump cuts that start a new shot with the prior shot’s last second of dialogue and the sirens that have an uncanny ability to creep the fuck out of me, a child born in the midst of the fall of the Soviet bloc and still terrified by the possibility of nuclear war. Like real-life arguments, this film will drain your patience and your joy. However, I recommend it to fans of traumatic cinema.