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Recommended short DVDs on GC? (under 60 min)
Topic by: rmarkd
Posted: December 29, 2005 - 9:52 AM PST
Last Reply: January 19, 2006 - 3:19 PM PST

author topic: Recommended short DVDs on GC? (under 60 min)
post #1  on December 29, 2005 - 9:52 AM PST  

For the time being, it's easier for me and my wife to watch a short movie (under an hour) than the usual 100+ minute movies that are on my queue.

Since GC doesn't have a search by length of movie (or I missed it), I'd like to hear what others suggest.

My criteria:
1) Must be under 60 minutes (if it's near 60 min, that's okay, but shorter is better)
2) Must NOT be a long anime series. Nothing against anime, but I don't want to have to see 100 30-minute episodes. If the series is maybe 6 episodes, that's cool.
3) The DVD itself can be over 60 minutes (ie 360 minute DVD with 6 60 minute episodes), but each episode should be under 60 min.
4) It's gotta be something you actually enjoyed watching. If I decide to make a list out of this, it'll have your handle as the person who recommended it (unless you specifically say not to add your handle).

Other than that, anything goes. Any genre, no restrictions (outside of what I said above)

Alright, let's get some suggestions!
post #2  on December 29, 2005 - 10:26 AM PST  
You could break up a Bollywood film into 3 or 4 sections... just think of it as an Indian soap opera series with music.

Er... I guess I'm the wrong person to ask about this topic...
post #3  on December 29, 2005 - 12:42 PM PST  
The Films of Charles and Ray Eames vol. 2
The Films of Charles and Ray Eames vol. 3
By Brakhage: An Anthology (Disc 1)
By Brakhage: An Anthology (Disc 2)

You might consider mining antionedoinel's list, Short but Well Worth Your Time since it contains some excellent short films.
post #4  on December 29, 2005 - 1:32 PM PST  
> On December 29, 2005 - 12:42 PM PST Eoliano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> You might consider mining antionedoinel's list, Short but Well Worth Your Time since it contains some excellent short films.
> ---------------------------------

Ah, thanks for the list suggestion, and your personal suggestions. I've already found a few to add to my queue!


post #5  on December 29, 2005 - 3:58 PM PST  
I recently watched Dreyer's Vampyr and at the end was a great little short stop-motion animated film called "Mascot". Found out it was by Wladislaw Starewicz, and that there is a DVD containing more of his stuff.

Cameraman's Revenge & Other Fantastic Tales

Also, even if you've seen them before, these new re-issues of Chaplin are fantastic and deserve another look:

Chaplin Revue Vol. 1 and Chaplin Revue Vol. 2

And at a running time of just about 60 mins., if you never seen Freaks then you must. A true one of a kind, and the disc contains some great extras.
post #6  on December 29, 2005 - 5:38 PM PST  
110 43-minute episodes and five movies, not an anime. :-)
(though theres a smidge of cartoon worked in on the first episode)

Not every episode is great, and I suppose I'm a geek for mentioning it here.

Babylon 5
post #7  on December 29, 2005 - 9:34 PM PST  
> On December 29, 2005 - 3:58 PM PST DLeonard wrote:
> ---------------------------------

> Also, even if you've seen them before, these new re-issues of Chaplin are fantastic and deserve another look:

There are also excellent Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd short film collections.
post #8  on December 31, 2005 - 8:54 AM PST  
If you haven't caught it already, I can heartily recommend Angels in America; each episode is about an hour.

Old PBS favorites: Elizabeth R and Cosmos.

Or more recently, Stephen Hawking's Universe.
post #9  on January 1, 2006 - 1:32 PM PST  
I also have a hard time watching shows that go on for more than about 90 minutes. There are lots of TV series that fit the 60-minutes or less criteria. I particularly recommend
Sports Night. HBO has also made lots of nice ones.

Lots of good documentaries are around 60 minutes.

Here also is a very nice short anime:
Voices of a Distant Star

And don't be scared of the 3.5-hour Andrei Rublev. It breaks down into about 6 separate stories. The final part in particular, about the casting of a bell, can be enjoyed without knowing anything about the rest of the movie.

I haven't seen either one, but Love and Anger and New York Stories look promising.
post #10  on January 3, 2006 - 10:11 AM PST  
Thought I would add a few of the movies I've seen that would be on the list...
The Hire
Robot Stories

There's also tons of other shorts like Bugs-n-Daffy, Twilight Zone, Simpsons, etc...

post #11  on January 3, 2006 - 5:38 PM PST  
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is only 25 minutes long, although one may well need the remaining 35 minutes in the hour to ease back into things before escaping from the house and running off in the world..
post #12  on January 4, 2006 - 4:04 PM PST  
I highly recommend the Full Frame documentary shorts series.

Volume 1; Volume 2. (We'll be getting Volume 3 soon)

Highly compelling stuff! There'sa Mira Nair doc on the first volume, and a doc about the famous Mojave phone booth, and so on.

post #13  on January 6, 2006 - 7:45 AM PST  
antoinedoinel's list is great and has given me several rental ideas. I'm too lazy to put in links, but I would add:

Chris Marker's La Jetee
Alain Resnais's Night and Fog
Jacques Tati's Ecole des Facteurs on the Criterion DVD of Mon Oncle
Forrough Farrokhzad's The House Is Black (a powerful Iranian short), and the disc also has two shorts by Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Michael Powell's The Sorcerer's Apprentice on the new Criterion Tales of Hoffmann
and for those with strong stomachs, Georges Franju's The Blood of the Beasts on the DVD of Eyes Without a Face
post #14  on January 19, 2006 - 3:19 PM PST  
Most laughs for 60mins or under has to be "The Best of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog".

The Hollywood Squares & Star Wars bits are absolute classics. Had me on the floor.

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