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Sommer/Simpson <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 19 Aug 1996 13:13:38 -0500
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Marty Norden writes:
>I'm intrigued by the fact that at least 3 post-WWII Hollywood films
>experimented with "real-time" storytelling: ROPE (1948), THE SET-UP
>(1949), and HIGH NOON (1952).
 I still think, though, that some truly memorable films
>could be made that examine, say, two continuous hours out of some
>characters' lives.  Such films would be difficult to write, but in an odd
>sort of way they would be appropriate for today's fragmentary,
>15-minutes-of-fame, postmodern world.
There's a lovely 1961 film by Agnes Varda entitled "Cleo from 5 to 7,"
which follows a young singer through Paris for 2 hours or so (the running
time is actually 90 min.) -- if I remember it correctly, subtitles indicate
specific time segments (e.g. 5:15 to 5:30) as quasi-chapter headings.
Ines Sommer
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