New Trailer for Restored Re-Release of Munch's 'The Hours and Times'
"I found you an engaging and remarkable man, Brian." Oscilliscope Labs has debuted a new trailer for the restored re-release of The Hours and Times, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Christopher Munch. This played at the Toronto Film Festival in late 1991, then at the Sundance, Berlin, and Tokyo Film Festivals in 1992. The film has been restored from the original 35mm negative elements, and re-printed as fresh 4K DCP, which will be touring theatrically starting in March for those interested in catching this. The film is a fictionalized account of what may have happened when John Lennon and Brian Epstein went on holiday together to Barcelona in 1963. Starring Ian Hart as John Lennon (of The Beatles), and David Angus as Brian Epstein (manager of The Beatles). The film won numerous indie awards back in 1992, but never really got a chance to shine. Hopefully it will find a bigger audience with this re-release. Check it out.
Here's the new restoration trailer (+ poster) for Christopher Munch's The Hours and Times, on YouTube:
Munch's boldly original debut, The Hours and Times, is a fictional account of what might have happened in April of 1963, when John Lennon and Beatles manager Brian Epstein traveled to Barcelona for an extended weekend getaway. In the four days they spend together there, the suave Epstein (David Angus) and the provocative Lennon (Ian Hart in his first starring role) reflect on their lives, both private and professional, as they explore the unique bond they share. Munch’s sparse and intimate narrative, captured with exquisite black-and-white cinematography, is a thoughtful meditation on friendship and sexuality, crafted around a brief moment in the lives of two extremely well-known pop figures. The Hours and Times is both written and directed by American filmmaker Christopher Munch, his feature directorial debut. It was first released in 1992 after premiering at the Toronto and Sundance Film Festivals. Oscilloscope Labs will re-release The Hours and Times in US theaters starting March 1st (beginning in NYC) coming up soon.
This looks like something from the 60's rather than '91. With that said, not sure the subject matter is enough for me. It's very artsy and very indie and for me I've seen enough of those in my lifetime.
THE_RAW_ on Feb 18, 2019
As honorable The_Raw said already, it's hard to decide what to do with this one...
shiboleth on Feb 18, 2019
Kind of meh, but the 4K resto is so good.
DAVIDPD on Feb 18, 2019
Why? I mean, why drudge up this tired old rumor as to if they had a homosexual thing on this holiday? Who cares? Who's business is it anyway? Why are 'we' supposed to be intrigued by 'what might have happened'? It's absurd to me. I don't concern myself with what might have or have not happened regarding anything. I thought this trailer boring and trite and neither of the actors are even close to looking like the characters they are portraying. The whole thing looked and seemed ridiculous to me and of no merit. It doesn't surprise me that this went nowhere back in '91 and doubt it will today. I won't be wasting my nickel or time on it, that's for sure. I liked Lennon. I like his songs both in the Beatles and his first couple of solo albums. I read a lot of interviews with him right after the Beatles broke up, and especially liked the lengthy one he did for Rolling Stone is 1970. It helped me a lot as I was in a lot of fear back then and he talked about his fears and was very honest about it. He seemed like a straight talking and forthright honest guy and I can't remember him divulging any information about this holiday one way or the other. If anything happened he didn't reveal it or seemed interested in doing so as it wasn't anyone's business but his and Epstein's. That's the way he wanted it and fine with me. Why care? It all seems silly and childish to me to poke around with what might have happened as it's no one's business. This whole film seems silly to me and I didn't believe a second of the work by the actors or the direction.
thespiritbo on Feb 18, 2019
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