The Clock: A 24-Hour Movie

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Still from The Clock, by Christian Marclay Still from The Clock, by Christian Marclay (Todd-White Art Photography)

And you thought Schindler’s List was long? At 3 hours, 15 minutes, it’s a trailer compared to a film called The Clock, which clocks in at 24 hours.

Directed by Christian Marclay, The Clock is a mash-up of more than a thousand movie clips — even Marclay doesn’t know how many. Each shows characters discussing the time, or a clock in the frame, so that the film itself functions as a timekeeping device. Sounds more like an endurance test than a work of art, but it’s a surprisingly popular one: last summer, four thousand people showed up for a screening at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Among them, one man stayed the duration without a wink or — he claims — even a bathroom break. KCRW’s Matt Holzman found out what makes The Clock so watchable.

The Clock is screening at Lincoln Center in New York through August 1.

(Originally aired: July 22, 2011)

 

Slideshow: Christian Marclay’s The Clock

Christian Marclay's The Clock
The Clock, © Christian Marclay, courtesy White Cube, London and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Photo credit: Todd-White Art Photography

"2.00." Still from The Clock, by Christian Marclay

Christian Marclay's The Clock
The Clock, © Christian Marclay, courtesy White Cube, London and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Photo credit: Todd-White Art Photography

Director Christian Marclay’s film The Clock is a mash-up of more than a thousand movie clips, each featuring a clock or characters discussing time.

Christian Marclay's The Clock
The Clock, © Christian Marclay, courtesy White Cube, London and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Photo credit: Todd-White Art Photography

“4:06.” Still from The Clock, by Christian Marclay

Christian Marclay's The Clock
The Clock, © Christian Marclay, courtesy White Cube, London and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Photo credit: Todd-White Art Photography

“11.02.” Still from The Clock, by Christian Marclay

Christian Marclay's The Clock
The Clock, © Christian Marclay, courtesy White Cube, London and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Photo credit: Todd-White Art Photography

“11:06.” Still from The Clock, by Christian Marclay

Christian Marclay's The Clock
The Clock, © Christian Marclay, courtesy White Cube, London and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Photo credit: Todd-White Art Photography

“11:38.” Still from The Clock, by Christian Marclay

Christian Marclay's The Clock
The Clock, © Christian Marclay, courtesy White Cube, London and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Photo credit: Todd-White Art Photography

Still from The Clock, by Christian Marclay

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