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Let's Go Out To The Lob-beeeee....!

"Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time."
- Steven Wright

little murdersI watched a 38-year-old movie this past weekend, Alan Arkin's "Little Murders". Great film. A really dark comedy the likes of which we rarely see any longer. It had violence and sex and social satire and anonymous heavy breathers. It also had one more thing you don't see in the movies any more...

Long takes.

Several times during this movie the camera would lock onto an actor and he or she would proceed to emote for minutes at a time. It was entrancing, engaging, almost hypnotic. This technique was much more typical of movies from that period and, except for the occasional contemporary, generally indy, film it's a lost art.

Somewhere in the intervening 40-ish years I'm guessing that the actors decided they couldn't be bothered to commit to memory a three minute oratory, or that the producers wouldn't budget for such long scenes that might require several takes, or that the typical attention span has decreased to the point where any individual scene more than several seconds long causes noticeable squirming among audience butts.

The movie is certainly worth a look, especially Donald Sutherland's turn as a loopy priest, but Elliott Gould is the standout as the apathetic fecal photojournalist.

You've been warned.


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