There has been a lot said in recent weeks about the length of movies such as Wolf of Wall Street. The common consensus is that movies are too long now. That particular film clocks in at around the three hour mark. It’s hardly a new phenomenon, with movies dating back as far as Gone With The Wind (nearly four hours) having excessive run times. Sometimes, in the case of Che and Nymphomaniac, the films are cut into two parts, but does that damage the films effect in anyway?
From a screenwriting perspective, we are always told to keep scripts to one hundred pages or less, and certainly not over one hundred and twenty pages. This is because each page signifies one minute of screen time, hence a ninety page script equals a ninety minute movie. Is this the perfect length for a film, or do we, as cinema goers want to be told stories in a longer format? And is this because of the success of TV shows like Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones and True Detective?
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