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DVD Playhouse--May 2012
 (From The Hollywood Interview. 7 May 2012, 3:57 PM, PDT)

"A Hollis Frampton Odyssey"
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Daily Briefing. Kuroswawa @ This Must Be the Place
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Where is the relevance?, 8 April 2016
Author: Thomas (filmreviews@web.de) from Berlin, Germany

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"Surface Tension" is an almost 50-year-old experimental movie written and directed by American filmmaker Hollis Frampton and it is among his earlier works. The film runs for 9.5 minutes and be divided into 3 parts. First one is a man talking without us hearing him, second is a man talking without us seeing him (we see a group of people in a park) and last part is a fish and we hear nothing. I must say the visual side here was fairly uninteresting, but the audio was even worse, pretty annoying the constant phone ringing. Is this movie art? I personally would disagree, but I am not too big on experimental films anyway. Still, even from that genre, I have seen many movies superior to this one here. I found it a really weak work. I hope Frampton's other stuff is better. Not recommended.

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