Anyone who’s ever been to a film festival knows the value of a short movie. Not a short film, mind you. A short, feature-length movie. Something a little over an hour, but definitely under 90 minutes. I love that kind of movie. Well, not every short movie is great, but I love the idea of a short movie.
Sure, sometimes Lawrence of Arabia demands four hours. And occasionally a Lord of the Rings movie will need three. I get it. As a lover of TV I don’t begrudge a movie for being long, but I often approach it as a chore or a mission. A mountain to be conquered. For example, I recently acquired the Criterion Blu-ray of Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander and have been meaning to watch it. But what’s this? Fanny and Alexander is a bajillion hours long? I suppose the blow is softened by it technically being a TV mini-series with actual episodes. But I’d still prefer to watch those episodes in close proximity, which isn’t always easy in a busy house.
Short movies offer so much more than just taking up less time, though. Click to read more.