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Hapax Legomena II: Poetic Justice

1972 / 31m - USA
Experimental, Romance
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Myeah. I didn't really like part 1 of Hapax Legomena (understatement), part 2 turned out to be even worse. These experimental shorts often seem fascinating on paper, but the result is rarely much to look at. After about a minute I was pretty sure I wasn't going to like it, the following 29 minutes were just adding insult to injury.

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Poetic Justice challenges you to dream up a movie of your own. All you're getting is 250 pages with a limited screenplay written down on them. The camera never moves and every few seconds a new page is added. The screenplay tells a little romance story, one without actors and setting, brought only to life with your own imagination.

No doubt it's meant as a reflection on the nature of cinema, an illustration of the power of the human brain and a quest to find the limitations of the medium, but I have little respect for a single, simple idea drawn out to a 30 minute short film. Might be fun for people who buy into it, others will wonder why they didn't just read a book. That'd be much faster too.

Hapax Legomena I: Nostalgia

1971 / 36m - USA
Hapax Legomena I: Nostalgia poster

Very conceptual and experimental, but a complete drag to watch. A man talks about photographs while they're burning up, but the narration and images never match up. I'm sure it's deeply moving and meaningful to some, to me it felt more like an art installation meant for a museum I'd rather never visit.