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How long does a minute take?

The Lumiere brothers made evocative and expressive films without camera movement, zooms, sound, or more than about 60 seconds worth of film. To learn how to see again and tell stories again, maybe we should too—at least according to Andreas Haugstrup Pedersen and Brittany Shoot’s Lumiere Manifesto. I am of the mind that their collection of one-minute silent, unedited, and effects-less films requires no such justification, but I’ll answer their call to arms, even if it does smack a little of filming floating plastic bags a la American Beauty.

There are beginnings, middles, and ends throughout my morning routine. They are predictable and irreversible and progress along parallel trajectories. Watching them closely makes me hate mornings even more.


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