The most of us love movies. Some of us love comedies, some prefer dramas, the others are keen on adventure pictures. But almost all of them last for 2-3 hours, rarely more. And still, there some movies that last a lot longer and we're going to talk about them today.
Top Ten Longest Movies In History
Logistics Art Project
Logistics is the longest movie ever made. It lasts 857 hours – that's almost 5 weeks or 36 days, imagine that! It seems that the directors loved each shot and couldn't decide which of them they should include into the picture. This was an experimental movie by Erika Magnusson and Daniel Andersson telling the story of a simple pedometer. Apparently, the directors decided to find out where our beloved gadget comes from. The reverse chronological order shows the way of a pedometer from the consumers to its production. Magnusson and Andersson made a great journey through the European shops and Chinese factories to make this movie. Although it was screened in 2012, the world premiere was held only in 2014 at the Fringe Film Festival in Shenzhen (I wonder if the festival guests watched the full version).
Modern Times Forever
The second longest movie in the world is called Modern Times Forever. Its running time is much shorter than in the first case – only 240 hours (that's about 10 days). The movie was made by a Superflex – an artists' group from Denmark known for their satirical works – and shows the decay of Stora Enso headquarters building. Apparently, the directors don't like the building itself and dedicated their work to its destruction. The Stora Enso building was designed in 1959-62 as a simple box-like office block. It became the main character of the film due to its symbolism (considered to be a symbol of power) and its central placement. They say it was created to be screened only once, so probably it would be hard to find it on the Internet.
The running time of Beijing 2003 is 150 hours (more than 6 days) which makes it the third longest movie in the world. As you figured out, it was a Chinese movie by Ai Weiwei released in 2004. This is a part of documentary series about social and political activism. Apparently, it was an allusion because the whole movie is some sort of a long ride in the car through Beijing. The directors made their way through every street of Peking's ring road – that's 1,491 miles (about 2,400 km). The camera captures objectively the streets and the people of Beijing giving us the opportunity to make our own conclusions.
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The movie is running 120 hours (that's 5 days). It was created by Josh Azzarella, the New-York based artist. His experimental movie was based on a scene from The Wizard of Oz film, particularly on the part, where Dorothy is captured by a tornado. In the original version, it lasts only a few seconds: the viewer sees the whirlwind till Dorothy meets Glenda the Good Witch. But the director extended her transformation to five days, just like some of our dreams last only a few seconds but feel like hours or even days. By the way, Hickory is a character from The Wizard of Oz who warded off the tornados.
The running time of this movie is 95 hours (almost 4 days). You can say from its name that this film is Russian, but no. The film was created in 2006 by a German artist Karin Hoerler. The movie is silent and consists of images based on one single photo with a boy riding the bike, sky, streets and other common things. Sequentially the image changes, but those changes are so slow and small that are hardly visible to a viewer. As we see, the concept of the movie matches its name perfectly. The world premiere was in Frankfurt during the Luminale 2006. The movie was shown on an outdoor screen for about 5 days with night-hour breaks.
The Cure for Insomnia
The Cure for Insomnia is running 87 hours (more than 3 days). In 1987, when it was released, Guinness World Records called it the longest in the world. Today it is on the 6th place on the list of the longest films ever. This movie is not only the longest but also the strangest. Directed by Henry Timmis IV, it had no obvious plot. Instead, the whole time actor Lee Groban was reading his poem with the same name as the movie has. This poem had 4,080 pages. Apparently, that influenced the duration of the film. I'm sure that even the poetry lovers can't enjoy a poem for such a long time, that's why the director placed some occasional heavy metal clips and porn videos during the movie – a very interesting method… The movie wasn't released on any home video formats, so it might be hard to find it today.
The Longest Most Meaningless Movie in the World
This underground movie lasts for 2 days or 48 hours. It was made by a British director Anthony Scott in 1969. At that time it was the longest film in the history, but now it moved to a 7th place. There was no special plot for this picture, instead, the director gathered some commercial blocks, undeveloped films' shots, cinematic outtakes etc and got them together. In some parts, you can see the same commercials repeating many times, upside down images or backward actions. Well, I can say, mostly the film concept is matching its name!
**** (Four Stars)
If you want to watch this movie, don't plan anything important for the next 25 hours. It was directed by a famous pop-artist Andy Warhol in 1967. The name of the film is a kind of satire on film critics' rating system, where four stars are the highest rating. During the shooting Warhol documented the life of Factory with its “superstars". The camera was turned on and off time after time, making the punctuation between the images. No other edits were made in the finished film. Four stars were screened only once in the Wurlitzer Building now demolished. Unlike other Warhol's films, this time he decided that two reels should be screened on top of each other.
24 Hour Psycho
Have you ever seen Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho? This is the same movie but this version lasts for 24 hours. The director Douglas Gordon decided to slow it down, so the viewer sees only two frames a second instead of common 24. They say here Gordon appealed to his beloved themes, like light and darkness, authorship and authenticity, time and memory etc. The movie was released in 1993. I wonder, what would Hitchcock say about Gordon's remake of Psycho…
This one is actually not a movie, but a music video for Pharrell Williams' Happy song. Furthermore, it is the first 24-hour music video ever. It was a presentation prepared specially for the release of the single and was hosted on 24hoursofhappy.com domain. The plot is simple but really positive. It consists of the repeating song and people dancing all over L.A. including Williams himself. There were also some celebrities taking part in the clip: Kelly Osbourne, Magic Johnson, Jamie Foxx, Gavin DeGraw, Ana Ortiz, JoJo, and others. There were also some minions from Despicable Me dancing to Happy – apparently, a small commercial move. In 2013 a short version of the clip appeared on Youtube. It won Best Male Video and Video of the Year nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards.