150 hours. That's 6 and a quarter days. For one movie, Gerard Courant's "Cinematon." I'm not usually one for the avant-garde, but even I'm a little bit staggered by the scale of this thing. The movie(?) actually a massive anthology of short films, all of them running for 3 and a half minutes and focusing on a single subject. The subjects range from famous figures -- Terry Gilliam, Ken Loach, Jean-Luc Godard, Roberto Benigni, Samuel Fuller -- to people pulled off the street. There are even babies.
The grand total comes to 2,242 shorts, which were filmed over a 30 year period (the most recent was October 19). Courant's original plan was to only shoot 100 "short portraits," the Telegraph UK (via /Film) reports, but he decided to keep it going when the idea turned out to be popular. You can check out a full breakdown of who appears in which short on Courant's website.
While you can't actually watch any of the shorts online, Courant did enlighten Telegraph UK on one particularly memorable portrait: Terry Gilliam's, shot in 1985.
"He started off to one (of the cameras), then came into the shot," Courant said. "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."
Hopefully they break that one short out, perhaps for a trailer. Because I don't know about investing almost a week into watching one movie.