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Poetic Justice

Poetic Justice

Poetic Justice, Dir. Hollis Frampton, 1972, USA, 31 mins


High conceptualist and rigorous inventor of exciting new cinematic systems.


A cinema of the mind, a film to take place in the viewers’ imagination(s).


“I disbelieved that filmmaking started, like making love by telephone, with a script…” says Frampton. Poetic Justice deliberately confuses the projection of a film and the projection of the mind, implicating you the viewer in a narrative¹ of sexuality, infidelity and voyeurism.

Below is an online link which you can use for reference. To see the film in its original glory, check with the distributor of the film for their terms and conditions.

¹ Retooled and stripped bare so as to be understood afresh. “A specter is haunting the cinema: the specter of narrative. If that apparition is an Angel, we must embrace it; and if it is a Devil, then we must cast it out. But we cannot know what it is until we have met it face to face.”– A Pentagram for Conjuring the Narrative, Hollis Frampton.


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