Frampton's "Hapax Legomena" [Was: Frampton, Brakhage, RE:VOIR]

From: Fred Camper (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Feb 16 2010 - 16:00:53 PST

I am very disappointed to hear from very experienced and knowledgeable
viewers the standard line that the first three films in "Hapax
Legomena" are the best. This has been the consensus since the film's
first release, and it is, in my view, just wrong. The first three are
the most accessible, the easiest to parse, the easiest to talk about,
and, I think, the simplest.

But my more important point is that the seven films of "Hapax
Legomena" should not *only* be regarded as separate films, which is
how they are being discussed here. "Hapax Legomena" is both a film of
seven separate films and also a single film. The effect and meaning of
its parts changes hugely, at least for me, when seen in the context of
the whole in a single projection. They grow in poetic allusiveness and
become parts of a progression.

If someone at Criterion reads FrameWorks and decides not to include
all of this masterpiece as a result of the opinions expressed here, I
will...oh, never mind.

Fred Camper

For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.