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Time Piece (1965)

 -  Short | Comedy | Fantasy  -  1965 (USA)
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A surreal stream of consciousness montage about time and related bizarreness.

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Enid Cafritz ...
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Dennis Paget
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April March ...
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Dislocation in time, time signatures, time as a philosophical concept, and slavery to time are some of the themes touched upon in this nine-minute, experimental film, which was written, directed, and produced by Jim Henson-and starred Jim Henson! Screened for the first time at the Museum of Modern Art in May of 1965, Time Piece enjoyed an eighteen-month run at one Manhattan movie theater and was nominated for an Academy Award for outstanding short subject. Written by Anonymous

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Although this experimental film was made before Jim Henson committed his career to The Muppets (and related animatronic/puppet characters), it features the talents of two collaborators who would stay with Henson for the next 25+ years: Jerry Juhl, who plays the bartender, would go on to write or co-write most of the Muppet TV shows and films; and muppeteer Frank Oz (an early credit using his real surname of Oznowicz), who plays the messenger boy. See more »

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While far from great, this was a super-important film
14 February 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an experimental film done early in Jim Henson's career--before he achieved national prominence. While I didn't enjoy it and didn't see it as a great artistic triumph (despite the Oscar he received for Best Live Action Short), I am thrilled that he made it because it gave him a chance to experiment and hone his craft. Interestingly, the film has none of his Muppets--even though for almost a decade he'd been using them on local (Washington, DC).

The film has a beat (such as drum or cymbal) every second and the action changes--almost slide show style. Much of it seemed rather random, though some of the seemingly random images weren't (such as the obvious phallic imagery). Clever at times, but not a film I'd want to see again.


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