Sunday, December 09, 2007

Subversive Cinema: Jim Henson's Time Piece

Maybe it's not that surprising that Jim Henson (of Muppet fame) was an accomplished experimental animator and film maker.

In addition to forever changing the worlds of puppetry and children's television, he frequently made experimental shorts on the side. These included an experimental television piece titled The Cube.

However, his masterpiece in the experimental arena is undoubtedly 1965's Time Piece. The 9 minute film debuted at the Museum of Modern Art and had a short arthouse/festival run. In 1967 the film was nominated for an Academy Award in "Best Short Subject, Live Action Subjects". Recently the film has been preserved by the Academy Film Archive.

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Dislocation in time, time signatures, time as a philosophical concept, and slavery to time are some of the themes touched upon in this nine-minute, experimental film"



I think this brilliant film proves once and for all that Jim Henson truly was a visionary.

-Klax

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At 12:26 AM, Blogger Tim said...

What film?
I'd love to see it.
Please take down the youtube copy of Time Piece, as it has been removed due to copyright issues. (Guess who bought Henson Productions?)
"Sorry, this video is no longer available" doesn't cut it for someone that's been wanting to see it since the mid '80's.
If you have or know of a NON youtube copy, I would love to see it. 'Til then, take it down.
You DON'T have it anymore.
Thanx.
PS- Don't post the address if you do. They'll just ruin that, too.
You have my email.
Thanks again.
Imp Teaser
Aka T.Martin

 

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