(2.5) Boho bunk from Robert Frank interspersed with the photographer/film-maker's celebrity status home movies from years gone by. Ralph Gibson was on uninspired camera duty. Mr. Frank will always be a beloved icon on the International experimental circuit, however Conversations in Vermont (1971) rarely exhibits his abundant skills which are more centered on visual perceptions than sociological pedagogy.
What is most important about CONVERSATIONS IN VERMONT is that it is explicitly made to reveal a way of life, but reveals instead something deeply uncomfortable about its creator. There is something deeply wrong about Robert Frank, but it is not at all catastrophic, which is interesting (and instructive). I definitely wanted a much longer film. A world here I would have liked a firmer sense of.