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Time Piece (1965)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Fantasy | 1965 (USA)
A surreal stream of consciousness montage about time and related bizarreness.

Director:

Jim Henson

Writer:

Jim Henson
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Jim Henson ... Man
Enid Cafritz Enid Cafritz ... Wife
Dennis Paget Dennis Paget
Jim Hutchison Jim Hutchison ... Male Dancer
Barbara Richman Barbara Richman
Diana Birkenfield Diana Birkenfield
April March April March ... Stripper
Dave Bailey Dave Bailey ... Drummer
Sandy Patterson Sandy Patterson
Jerry Juhl Jerry Juhl ... Bartender
Frank Oz ... Messenger boy (as Frank Oznowicz)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Short | Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Official Sites:

The Jim Henson Company

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alpträume See more »

Filming Locations:

Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
[last lines]
Man: [only line of dialogue in the film] Help!
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Alternate Versions

Allthough originally shot in color, most versions circulated are in Black and White. Just as NBC Experiment in Television: The Cube. See more »

Connections

Featured in In Their Own Words: Jim Henson (2015) See more »

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While far from great, this was a super-important film
14 February 2008 | by MartinHaferSee 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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