It might be easier to assume that shorts will feel like fast and fast watches, and feature films will feel slow and long, but it’s not always that simple. It’s perhaps more common for short to go with fast and long with slow, but there are some interesting exceptions to the rule.
Ahead are five films that feel fast throughout incredibly long running times (180 minutes and above) and five films that feel slow or deliberately paced despite very short running times (75 minutes or less). That’s not to say that long, fast-paced movies are automatically better or that slow-paced movies are slow in a bad way; just that in each case, the two five-movie sets go against the grain when it comes to the supposed connection between movie length and movie pacing.
‘Love Exposure’ (2008) – A fast paced 237 minutes
clocking in at nearly four o’clock, love show is arguably one of the craziest and most unpredictable films ever made. It tackles religion, perversion, martial arts, crime, unrequited love and unethical forms of photography while balancing many genres including comedy, romance, drama and action. .
It’s messy, but it’s never boring, and viewers will know they’re being sucked into the weird world of the film when the title finally pops up nearly an hour after the film begins, and that seems perfectly fitting. As for long movies that feel quick to watch, love show must be one of the most remarkable.
‘Petite Maman’ (2021) – A 72-minute slow pace
Little mom centers on a young girl who finds another girl her own age while exploring a forest near her mother’s former home. They begin a friendship almost immediately and soon realize that they have many mysterious similarities.
The film is only 72 minutes long but moves very slowly, taking its time to set up its characters and premise. The scenes are calm and seem to go on for a long time, and the use of music is very rare, adding to this impression of slowness and serenity. It’s a movie that manages to do a lot in its short length, because you come away feeling like it was much longer than about 70 minutes.
“The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013) – 180 fast-paced minutes
Martin ScorseseThe crime saga the wolf of Wall Street is a non-stop film with a very long duration. It follows the rise and fall (very minimal) of Jordan Belfort and how he amassed a huge fortune through corrupt practices on Wall Street.
The film covers a lot of ground very quickly and, by replicating Belfort’s life, aims to bombard viewers’ senses with sex, drugs, hilarious debauchery and literally hundreds of F-bombs. things (probably too much), which means that the wolf of Wall Street is unlikely to bore anyone watching it, despite its mammoth three-hour runtime.
‘Wavelength’ (1967) – slow-paced 43 minutes
Less than three quarters of an hour, Wave length maybe it’s not too difficult to manage. Even viewers expecting an experimental film — and all the quirks that may come with it — will be reassured by the fact that it’s shorter than many TV episodes.
These viewers, however, may not know exactly what Wave length 43 minutes involves: a single shot of an almost empty room, the camera constantly zooming, and occasionally a few people entering the room to do weird things before leaving. Even by experimental art film standards it’s there, but anyone who honestly wants to finish the 1001 movies you must see before you die the list will have to support it.
‘Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India’ (2001) – Fast paced 224 minutes
In perhaps one of the greatest – if not the greatest – sports film of all time, Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India pulls off the small miracle of creating one of the slowest – if not the slowest – sports of all time, cricket, fast, exciting and entertaining… and does it in nearly four hours to boot.
It demonstrates the power of excellent storytelling and editing in this respect, as you don’t have to be a cricket fan to get sucked into this story of a high-stakes game of cricket between a ragtag group of unfairly taxed townspeople and a much more experienced (and arrogant) British crew in 1890s India. It’s a great movie that accomplishes so much that even the smallest viewers will forgive the epic length.
‘Ariel’ (1988) – 73 minute slow paced
Arielle is one of the quietest and most modest detective films ever made. It’s a semi-comic but mostly sad story about unlucky people trying to get by in life and dealing with the corruption and general injustice of life around them.
It has an eerie, almost detached tone that makes the audience feel a little distant from the characters, and the continual feeling of wanting to understand them better may explain why the pacing feels slow. Still, it does wonders for the eerie tone the film is trying to convey, and while it’s hard to fully navigate, Arielle leaves an impact (and won’t take too much of anyone’s time either).
‘Grindhouse’ (2007) – A fast paced 191 minute
Crusher is two films in one — Planet Terror and Proof of death – into a single feature film, plus a few fake movie trailers for good measure. As a throwback to 1970s exploitation cinema, it’s pretty relentless in its entertainment – and has a huge amount of violence and death – meaning it never really gets a chance to slow down or to feel boring.
Given that one half focuses on a zombie outbreak storyline and the other is about a serial killer stuntman chasing groups of women in his muscle car, it’s still loud, fast, funny and entertaining all the way. throughout its 191 minutes.
‘Manos: The Hands of Fate’ (1966) – 70 minute slow paced
Manos: the hands of fate is one of the worst movies of all time and centers on a poorly executed premise about a family coming into contact with a bizarre cult.
It’s a merciful 70 minutes, but at the same time, it’s the rare slow-paced short that probably wasn’t meant to be slow-paced. Even by slow-burn horror standards, the pacing is chilling, and it’s just one of those movies where not much happens, which is one of the reasons it’s so despised. Except for people who like bad movies, Manos: the hands of fate must be avoided at all costs.
‘The Vampires’ (1915) – A breakneck pace of 422 minutes
Among the greatest films that are officially 100 years old or more, The vampires is an epic tale that tells a complete story in ten episodes. It involves several mysterious underground criminal gangs competing for control of Paris, and a journalist’s quest to uncover these gangs once and for all (with the help of his friends).
Despite a race of just over seven hours, The vampires keeps things lively and entertaining by having an intricate plot full of outrageous twists, fun heist scenes, and a healthy dose of action to spice things up. Of all the movies that achieve this kind of runtime, this is truly one of the easiest (and most fun) to watch.
“This is not a movie” (2011) – 75 minutes slow paced
this is not a movie is a demanding documentary directed by a director, Jafar Panahiunder house arrest, who was also banned from making films at all for 20 years (which explains the title).
It aims to capture life in the conditions Panahi lived in, and much of that makes the audience feel nervous, bored, and isolated. While it’s not a fun movie, it uses its slow pace well to evoke empathy, showcase what unjust imprisonment entails, and get viewers thinking about what makes a movie in the first place.
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