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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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Barbara Richman
Diana Birkenfield
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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Man: [only line of dialogue in the film] Help!
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Wacky but thoughtful fun
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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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