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

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Enid Cafritz ...
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Dennis Paget
Jim Hutchison ...
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Barbara Richman
Diana Birkenfield
April March ...
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Dave Bailey ...
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Sandy Patterson
Jerry Juhl ...
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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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Man: [only line of dialogue in the film] Help!
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time is on Jim Henson's side
2 October 2011 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

It was only after "Sesame Street" debuted that Jim Henson became a household name. Of course, that wasn't his first foray into the public eye. The man who created the Muppets had been working on stuff since the '50s, but his avant-garde 1965 short "Time Piece" is also worth seeing. This film has no discernible plot. It focuses on time, whether as an abstract concept, or as the dominant force in our lives (to the extent that it imprisons us). Henson plays a man who walks to the beat of a ticking clock. A few other things happen, all set to a beat.

The antics of Bert & Ernie, as well as Kermit & Piggy, showed everyone that Henson was capable of creating some far-out material. But here, he goes for the surreal. In a good way. Definitely worth seeing. Watch for a young Frank Oz (the voice of Fozzie, and the director of "The Muppets Take Manhattan", "Little Shop of Horrors", "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels", "What About Bob?", "In & Out", "Bowfinger" and the original "Death at a Funeral") in one scene.


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