These days films seem to be getting longer and longer. Captain America: Civil War, for example, was 2h 27min long! But that is a mini movie when compared to this lot…
The Top 10 Longest Films Ever Made (Some Are Experimental)
10 – The Clock (Run Time: 1440 min)
Wiki Info: The Clock is an art installation by video artist Christian Marclay. It is a looped 24-hour montage that functions as a clock. Its scenes are selected from cinema and television history, with real-time references to the time of day. Marclay developed the idea for The Clock while working on his 2005 piece Screen Play. With the support of the White Cube gallery, he assembled a team to find footage, which he edited together over the course of three years. Marclay debuted The Clock at White Cube’s London gallery in 2010.
9 – 24 Hour Psycho (Run Time: 1440 min)
Wiki Info: 24 Hour Psycho is the title of an art installation created by artist Douglas Gordon in 1993. The work consists entirely of an appropriation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 Psycho slowed down to approximately two frames a second, rather than the usual 24. As a result, it lasts for exactly 24 hours, rather than the original 109 minutes.
8 – **** (Four Stars) (Run Time: 1500 min)
Wiki Info: Four Stars (also known as ****) is a 1967 avant-garde film by Andy Warhol, actually consisting of 25 hours of film. In the typical Warhol fashion of the period, each reel of the film is 35 minutes long, or 1200 ft. in length, and is shot in sync-sound. The film’s title is a pun on the rating system used by critics to rank films, with “four stars” being the highest rating
7 – The Longest Most Meaningless Movie in the World (Run Time: 2880 min)
Wiki Info: The Longest Most Meaningless Movie in the World is an underground movie made in the UK that runs to 48 hours long. No actual footage was shot for the project, which instead consists entirely of outtakes, commercials, strips of undeveloped film, Academy leader, and other filmic castoff material, creating a seemingly endless stream of newsreel and stock footage.
6 – The Cure for Insomnia (Run Time: 5220 min)
Wiki Info: The Cure for Insomnia, directed by John Henry Timmis IV, is a 1987 experimental film which was, according to Guinness World Records, the longest running film at the time. This record has since been surpassed by several other films since then.
5 – Matrjoschka (Run Time: 5700 min)
Wiki Info: Matrjoschka is a film made and produced by the German artist Karin Hoerler in 2006. At 95 hours of playtime, it is one of the longest experimental films by time. The film consists of images and sequences based on a single photo. It shows a boy riding a bicycle, a street, houses, garages, and sky. Over time, the image changes, but those movements are very slow and not directly visible.
4 – Untitled #125 (Hickory) (Run Time: 7200 min)
Wiki Info: Azzarella’s work reflects on pivotal moments in history such as the torture of Iraqi POWs in Abu Ghraib and the protest of a single man in Tiananmen Square against a column of tanks. Azzarella reworks these canonical images to omit the tragic, negative, or most disturbing aspect of these images. For example, a photograph of a smiling Lynndie England pointing to a prisoner forced to masturbate is altered to only contain the smiling soldier.
3 – Beijing 2003 (Run Time: 9000 min)
Wiki Info: “Beijing 2003” is the third-longest experimental film of all time. It was directed, produced and all the Cinematography was done by just one man Ai Weiwei.
2 – Modern Times Forever (Run Time: 14400 min)
Wiki Info: Modern Times Forever is a 2011 film by Danish artists’ group Superflex. It is currently the second longest film ever made, lasting 240 hours. The film shows how Helsinki’s Stora Enso headquarters building would decay over the next few thousand years. The film was originally projected against the building itself.
1 – Logistics (Run Time: 51420 min)
Wiki Info: Logistics or Logistics Art Project is a 2012 experimental art film conceived and created by Erika Magnusson and Daniel Andersson. At 51,420 minutes (857 hours or 35 days and 17 hours), it is the longest movie ever made.