LFF: Hollis Frampton / Film Ist repeat screenings 29 Oct 09

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The London Film Festival has just added repeat screenings of Gustav  Deutsch's FILM IST. A GIRL AND A GUN and the HOLLIS FRAMPTON: HAPAX  LEGOMENA programme. Tickets are on sale now.

LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: ARTISTS’ FILM & VIDEO REPEAT SCREENINGS
London BFI Southbank
Thursday 29 October 2009, at 4pm, NFT2

FILM IST. a girl & a gun
Gustav Deutsch | Austria 2009 | 97 min

Taking its cue from DW Griffith via J-L Godard, the latest instalment  of the FILM IST series is a five-act drama in which reclaimed footage  is interwoven with aphorisms from ancient Greek philosophy. Beginning  with the birth of the universe, it develops into a meditation on the  timeless themes of sex and death, exploring creation, desire and  destruction by appropriating scenes from narrative features, war  reportage, nature studies and pornography. The Earth takes shape from  molten lava, and man and woman embark upon their erotic quest. For  this mesmerising epic, Deutsch applies techniques of montage, sound  and colour to resources drawn from both conventional film archives and  specialist collections such as the Kinsey Institute and Imperial War  Museum. Excavating cinema history to tease new meanings from diverse  and forgotten film material, he proposes new perspectives on the cycle 
of humanity. The film’s integral score by long-term collaborators  Christian Fennesz, Burkhardt Stangl and Martin Siewert incorporates  music by David Grubbs, Soap&Skin and others.

Tickets: £7 / £6 concessions
www.bfi.org.uk/lff/node/392

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Thursday 29 October 2009, at 6:30pm, NFT3
HOLLIS FRAMPTON: HAPAX LEGOMENA

Hollis Frampton, a key figure of the American avant-garde, was an  artist and theoretician whose practice closely resonates with  contemporary discourse. The series of seven films known as HAPAX  LEGOMENA is, alongside ZORNS LEMMA, one of his most distinguished  achievements, and will be presented in its entirety on new  preservation prints. Predating MAGELLAN, the ambitious ‘metahistory’ 
of film left unfinished by his early death in 1984, HAPAX LEGOMENA  traces Frampton’s own creative progression from photographer to  filmmaker. It dissects sound/image relationships, incorporates early  explorations of video and television, and looks forward to digital  media and electronic processes. Though notoriously rigorous,  Frampton’s films are infused with poetic tendencies and erudite wit, 
sustaining a dialogue with the materials of their making, and the  viewer’s active participation in their reception.

‘Hapax legomena are, literally, ‘things said once’ … The title  brackets a cycle of seven films, which make up a single work composed  of detachable parts … The work is an oblique autobiography, seen in  stereoscopic focus with the phylogeny of film art as I have had to  recapitulate it during my own fitful development as a  filmmaker.’ (Hollis Frampton)

(NOSTALGIA)
Hollis Frampton | USA 1971 | 36 min
As a sequence of photographs is presented and slowly burned, a narrator recounts displaced anecdotes related to their production,  shifting the relationship between words and images.

POETIC JUSTICE
Hollis Frampton | USA 1972 | 31 min
A ‘film for the mind’ in which the script is displayed page by page  for the viewer to read and imagine.

CRITICAL MASS
Hollis Frampton | USA 1971 | 16 min
Frampton’s radical editing technique disrupts and amplifies the  already impassioned argument of a quarrelling couple.

TRAVELLING MATTE
Hollis Frampton | USA 1971 | 34 min
‘The pivot upon which the whole of HAPAX LEGOMENA turns’ uses early  video technology to interrogate the image.

ORDINARY MATTER
Hollis Frampton | USA 1972 | 36 min
This ‘headlong dive’ from the Brooklyn Bridge to Stonehenge is a burst  of exhilarated consciousness.

REMOTE CONTROL
Hollis Frampton | USA 1972 | 29 min
‘A ‘baroque’ summary of film’s historic internal conflicts, chiefly  those between narrative and metric/plastic montage; and between  illusionist and graphic space.’

SPECIAL EFFECTS
Hollis Frampton | USA 1972 | 11 min
Stripping away content leaves only the frame. ‘People this given  space, if you will, with images of your own devising.’

HAPAX LEGOMENA has been preserved through a major cooperative effort  funded by the National Film Preservation Foundation and undertaken by  Anthology Film Archives, MoMA, the New York University Moving Image  Archiving and Preservation Program, and project conservator Bill Brand.

Tickets: £9
www.bfi.org.uk/lff/node/410

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