A surreal stream of consciousness montage about time and related bizarreness.

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Enid Cafritz ...
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Barbara Richman
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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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The shot of a (deliberately cheesy-looking) model rocket exploding on the launch pad was recycled in 1966 in a pitch reel Henson Associates did in a (successful) bid to sell commercial concept to La Choy Chinese food. See more »

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Man: [only line of dialogue in the film] Help!
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Featured in The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson (1990) See more »

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Wacky but thoughtful fun
19 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this short in elementary school (stop doing the math!) and have loved it ever since. It was screened at the same time as "Help, My Snowman's Burning Down" and "Clay", both exemplary shorts on their own, but my favorite was always "Time Piece". The hapless subject's strange situations and his plaintive cries of "help!" (especially when his head was, literally, served up on a platter) were priceless and led to a spirited discussion of the meaning of the film. Now that I know it was done by Jim Henson, I'm not surprised it was so good! A definite must-see for its composition and the execution of the scenes as each jump-cut leads to a new, sometimes visually jarring, sometimes amusing, image.


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