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A New Life for the Long Movie

11 December 2010

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A New Life for the Long Movie

When the 564-minute Holocaust documentary “Shoah” premiered at the Cinema Studio on the Upper West Side in 1985, there were lines around the block on opening day.

It played for 26 weeks, toured the country, and became one of the most successful releases in the history of its distributor, New Yorker Films.

When it comes to repertory runs of older, established classics, New York’s Film Forum has shown a knack for judging audience hunger for large hunks of cinema.

We’ve seen a number of plus-sized movie launches recently, from Olivier Assayas’s 550-minute “Carlos” to the “Red Riding” trilogy, and these releases seem an especially tall order for the simple reason that there are only so many hours in a day a theater can book such a monster.

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via The Wall Street Journal

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