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Maxwell's Demon (1968)

A short film in which a man performs various exercises to support James Maxwell's theory of gas molecules.


Hollis Frampton




A man in a background-less room does a series of exercises, intended to demonstrate and support James Clerk Maxwell's theory about gas molecules. As he exercises, doing moves that include push-ups and stationary running, the various performances are constantly interrupted by waves of colored static accompanied by technological sounds. Written by Tornado_Sam

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Strange and Oddly Good
7 September 2015 | by framptonhollisSee all my reviews

"Maxwell's Demon" is a film from the great experimental filmmaker Hollis Frampton, whose made some of the most hypnotic and great experimental films of all time, and this film impressed me quite a bit. What happens in it? Well, the premise is quite simple. There is a man doing multiple exercises, in between images of colorful waves. That is pretty much it, and a premise like that sounds horrible! But, trust me, it is a great film.

Obviously, "Maxwell's Demon" is not going to please everybody, not even most moviegoers! But, it is a treat for experimental film fans. Of course, even some experimental film fans might think that that description of the film sounds terrible, but, trust me, if you're a huge fan of experimental cinema, you'll probably really like, or even love, this short film!

It is very strange, but also very hypnotic. For some reason, it had me looking at the screen with wonder and fascination.

Overall, "Maxwell's Demon" is a great short from a great filmmaker, that not everyone will enjoy, but I certainly did!

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10 April 2012 (USA) See more »

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