Lemon - My positive experience with “Sun Song” has inspired me to explore the avant-garde side of cinema more. This is a good place to start I think. Barebones cinema just like that previously mentioned one, making its subject one of the oldest in the movies: light and shadow. Proving there’s the kind of filmmaking genius that uses elaborate tracking shots and swooping cameras, but also the kind that films fruit.
The conceptual simplicity of the film, and the humility of the simple lemon, make it a perfect canvas on which to experiment with the play of light and the beautiful textures of film. Patterns of light seem to dance and shake within the imperfect contours of the fruit. Whether it's a trick of the eye or a digital artifact hardly matters: all of these elements become part of the experience and part of the text.
Essentially an extended art installation, Hollis Frampton's LEMON is a single extended take of a lemon using light to play off it like the cycles of the moon. Mesmerizing and strangely melancholy, the film features none of more avant-garde editing and camera trickery so prevalent in his early work, but is arguably the finest achievement of the first part of his career.