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Pan 4 (1974)

An experimental short film from the Pan series made by Hollis Frampton.


Hollis Frampton




An experimental short film from the Pan series made by Hollis Frampton.

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Pan 5 of 9
4 August 2019 | by Tornado_SamSee all my reviews

The "Pan" films, presumably not titled as such originally, was a series of nine different one-minute short films created by experimental filmmaker Hollis Frampton for his enormous thirty-six hour film cycle "Magellan". As such, they were never released as individual works or given title cards because of being an intended part of this greater context, and in the end never actually used due to the project being cut short by the filmmaker's death in 1984. Reportedly, Frampton had originally hoped to complete seven-hundred and twenty "Pan" films in all, although for whatever reason only nos. 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 697, 698, 699, and 700 are available now. One would think that because of the large gap in numbering there were more shot remaining unavailable; but due to a lack of evidence supporting this, the series is generally known as containing only nine.

"Pan 4" is relatively simplistic when compared to the previous movies but serves to support a basic special effect when put on its own. Like all of the Pans, this one undoubtedly had a greater intent in how it was to be used in the film cycle as one of the "Straits of Magellan", and would easily become more interesting when placed among the variety of material Frampton meant to include. It consists of a single closeup shot of some papers tacked to a wall, which flutter in the wind for the entire minute. Actually, the fluttering effect is produced by apparently doing a double-exposure of each paper so that it is transparent, although some would argue that it could be the use of tissue paper that makes it come across as such. While unjudgeable on its own, it would be safe to say that among the seven-hundred and twenty "Pan" movies Frampton had in mind this would undoubtedly be one of the lesser ones when it comes to visual look, although the superimposition effect is masterfully executed for what it is.

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