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What is the perfect length for a film ?

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In recent years, cinema fans have certainly noticed that (very) long films are becoming more and more common. We think of Oppenheimer (3h01), Killers of the Flower Moon (3h26) or < em>Anatomy of a fall (2h31). Long films have always existed, of course. Like Cleopatra (1963, 4:11), Once Upon a Time in America(1984, 3h49) or Dances with Wolves (1990, 3h54). But today, films easily exceed two hours.

However, a survey highlights the ideal length of a film, and relatively short films seem to approach perfection. According to this study carried out among 2000 Americans, Monsters and Company and Beetlejuice would have a perfect duration .

The perfect movie lasts 1h32

92 minutes. This is the ideal length for a film according to a survey carried out by Talker Research. 2000 Americans responded to this study and the verdict is undeniable: the perfect film must last 1h32. Only 2% of those surveyed are enthusiastic about spending more than two and a half hours watching a film. Regarding films that span two hours (or more), 15% of survey respondents are fond of them.

Over the past two months, most of those surveyed said they had watched two films that they found too long. And that’s what’s interesting: the feeling. Because a rather short film can seem interminable while a longer film can pass at lightning speed if all the ingredients are there. Everything is therefore a question of feeling, and of rhythm.

In addition, everything will depend on the genre of the film. A comedy lasting more than two hours would probably be a bit heavy, while a thriller or biopic lends itself more easily to two hours or more.

Despite Talker Research survey results, the box office reality is very different. Indeed, the biggest hits are blockbusters that don't look at their watches, like Avengers: Endgame (3h01), Avatar& ;nbsp;: The Way of Water (3h12), Spider-Man: No Way Home (2h28) or Titanic (3h14). In recent weeks, it is Dune : Second Part (and its 2h46) which has marked the world box office.

This gap between survey responses and reality can be explained by the fact that spectators want to “get value for their money” when they go to the movies. While inflation is even taking its toll on cinemas, consumers perhaps want to “recover” the cost of a cinema ticket… Finally, spectators do not necessarily display the same commitment when they go to cinemas as they do. when they choose a film for their family evening. As for exhibitors, the shorter a film is, the more beneficial it is for them.

Finally, this question of “ideal length” is very subjective and several elements must be taken into account. Like the genre, the circumstances, the pace… In your opinion, what is the perfect length for a film ?

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116