World's Longest Film Will Screen All 150 Hours of Running Time
So what exactly happens in a film that runs almost as long as an entire week. Well, it looks like anything really since the film itself, titled Cinematon, is comprised of over 2000 segments, each 3½ minutes long, of footage from celebrities, artists, philosophers and journalists, as well as children who were allowed to do exactly as they please in front of the camera. So basically it's YouTube: The Movie. I jest, but the film should offer much more than just skateboarding dogs with subjects like film director Ken Loach, actors Roberto Benigni and Samuel Fuller, chess grandmaster Joel Lautier and the infamous Terry Gilliam.
The man behind this, French filmmaker Gerard Courant, who simply wanted to "capture the thoughts of his artistic friends," commented (via UK's Telegraph) on Gilliam's portion which was shot way back in 1985:
"He started off to one (of the cameras), then came into the shot. He played with the frame, exiting and entering, and ate a 100 Franc note, making it into a little ball. He never stopped playing with the square, and never lost sight of the limit of the frame. The three minutes and 25 seconds with him is a true sketch."
While I'm sure not all of the segments are as fun or entertaining as that one, I'm sure there will be some surprises, like Courant's favorite segment of a seven month old baby which "shows the whole spectrum of human emotion in less than four minutes." Originally Courant wanted to only do 100 short portraits, but the project proved to be so popular he just kept filming, and it's still ongoing with just over 2200 segments shot. You can see a lot of, if not all of, the segments on the film's official website - careful though, it's in French.
The film will be screened in Avignon (France) later this month and in Paris in January but no word as to whether or not there will be intermission or if the film will just run straight through its epic running time. Either way, it sounds like a fascinating film, but I don't know anyone who'd sit through all 150 hours of it.