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Post by St. Gloede » March 18th, 2019, 5:23 pm

Is this even worth doing? Am I giving the film the respect they deserve? What about afterthought? Have I nothing else to do?

Well guys, the above may be very good questions, but honestly, few things give me a higher kick than back to back cinema. It can truly be a drug. Usually I don't have this kind of free time, but it is a public holiday tomorrow, my wife is away, and I have been wanting to do this since breaking myprevious record of 8 films, and doing a batch of 10 films last year. And honestly, it was a great time.

Before you judge me too harshly, or find the existence of such a challenge pompous in and of itself, let me just say that the main reason I post this here is to have an extra reason to succeed, and a way to document it all for myself.

Variety is key here. With a diverse line-up it should be easy to get excited and in the mood.

Time is of course also of the essense. I realize, sadly, that I will likely only have about 18 hours to do this, which alone would only mean nine two hour films. Which would set me up to fail from the beginning. Therefor I will have to pick carefully. That said, I do not want to "cheat" and do eleven 45 minute films. Therefor I have decided to focus on films between 80 and 100 minutes long (Chronicles of a Boy Alone is 76 minutes long). Last year I cheapened out a little, and went though a set of quite short Iwai films. That said, if I can't make it I have a couple of 1 hour films around. :D

I will add the final line-up regardless of the outcome, and it will possibly change, but this is the 11 I set aside for myself:

Zo o kutta renchu / The Fellows Who Ate the Elephant (1947, Kôzaburô Yoshimura) - Japan
Et Dieu... créa la femme / And God Created Woman (1956, Roger Vadim) - France
Alye parusa / Scarlet Sails (1961, Aleksandr Ptushko) - USSR
Os Fuzis / The Guns (1964, Ruy Guerra) - Brazil
Crónica de un niño solo / Chronicle of a Boy Alone (1965, Leonardo Favio) - Argentine
Faráruv konec / The Parson's End (1969, Evald Schorm) - Czechoslovakia
Abismu / The Abyss (1977, Rogério Sganzerla) - Brazil
Les Baisers de secours / Emergency Kisses (1989, Philippe Garrel) - France
La vie de Jésus / The Life of Jesus (1997, Bruno Dumont) - France
La fille sur le pont / The Girl On The Bridge (1999, Patrice Leconte) - France
L'Enfant aka The Child (2005, Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne) - Belgium

Well, wish me good luck. :D

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Post by maxwelldeux » March 18th, 2019, 5:34 pm

Good luck?

I'm not sure I've ever done more than about 5 in a day. I'll be curious to see your reactions to this...

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Post by clemmetarey » March 18th, 2019, 5:45 pm

My all time record is 6 in one day, I would love to break it but I lack the motivation and the time.

Good luck, I've seen Crónica de un niño solo and Et Dieu... créa la femme, both 5/10 for me, hopefully you'll like them more than me!

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Post by Traveller » March 18th, 2019, 5:49 pm

Good luck! Quite a line-up! Will you be watching these with any order in mind?

Most films I've seen within 24 hours must have been 7 or 8, though I can't recall if there was some cheating involved with some short ones.
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Post by Cocoa » March 18th, 2019, 6:10 pm

Have fun!

I know I've watched at least 8 films in a day before, but I don't know my actual record. There are some films that are great for binge-watching and then there are other films that puts me in a mood in which I can't watch anything immediately afterwards.

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Post by monty » March 18th, 2019, 7:01 pm

St. Gloede wrote:
March 18th, 2019, 5:23 pm
it is a public holiday tomorrow

Pardon my ignorance, but what holiday?

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Post by Onderhond » March 18th, 2019, 7:05 pm

8 films is my max, mostly because I also review things on the spot.

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Post by St. Gloede » March 18th, 2019, 7:07 pm

monty wrote:
March 18th, 2019, 7:01 pm
St. Gloede wrote:
March 18th, 2019, 5:23 pm
it is a public holiday tomorrow
Pardon my ignorance, but what holiday?
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Post by St. Gloede » March 18th, 2019, 7:10 pm

Thanks everyone, let's see if I actually make it!

But even if I don't manage to reach the goal, it should still be a great day.

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Post by St. Gloede » March 18th, 2019, 7:16 pm

Traveller wrote:
March 18th, 2019, 5:49 pm
Good luck! Quite a line-up! Will you be watching these with any order in mind?
Honestly no, I think I'll jumble them based on my mood. Originally I thought about preparing about 20, with a broader scope just in case, so I could continue in a specific direction or switch entirely (I do have a few lined up just in case). Honestly, the selection process was reasonably arbitrary as well, but I wanted to stick to one per director and stick to relatively well appreciated films. I did consider just doing only one per country as well, but decided to take an easier route.

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Post by peeptoad » March 18th, 2019, 7:20 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
March 18th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Good luck?

I'm not sure I've ever done more than about 5 in a day. I'll be curious to see your reactions to this...
Same here, and that was when I was flat on my back sick and literally couldn't do much else other than sleep.

Good luck St. Gloede! Be interested to hear if you have any tricks in terms of endurance ...

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Post by tourdesb » March 18th, 2019, 7:31 pm

11 is my record, back in 2011 on a looooooooong travel by train.
And I once watched 10, on January 1st, 2013.

Nowadays, I don't think I could watch that many movies.
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Post by OldAle1 » March 18th, 2019, 7:39 pm

My record is 17 features and some shorts, over 26 straight hours - but that was a b-movie fest so it was films like Plan 9 and Robot Monster, and I'm sure I dozed through some of it. I don't think I'd ever want to do it with demanding films, and I think my second-best was 7 films - 6 early Frank Capra films (pre-It Happened One Night) on video after seeing Nixon in the cinema - more challenging than a bunch of b-schlock, but not much. In recent years I think my best is probably 5 (at home) and 4 (cinema), probably a few times for each.

I have however done a single very long film or series in a day a few times recently, and I really love that - in January 2015 I watched Ebolusyon ng isang pamilyang Pilipino the day after watching the extended versions of Jackson''s LOTR, and that was a really good experience and I felt I was doing justice to the films.

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Post by albajos » March 18th, 2019, 8:06 pm

13 features is my record in challenge here. 19 hours.

But of vourse, I have been to short film festivals where I basically watch 40 shorts in a day. Could always ask if that would be a good idea as well.

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Post by brokenface » March 18th, 2019, 10:05 pm

That's quite a heavy looking line-up. Are you going to be on subtitles all day? I'd find that tiring, it's just that bit more concentration which is going to add up when you're doing that many.

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Post by fori » March 19th, 2019, 1:25 am

I’ve only gone over 10 on a handful of occasions, and not for a while. I don’t keep track of it anymore though, I just watch when I can, and watch back to back. I think 12-15 new features in a day may be my record, but in those cases I’m utilising the whole 24hrs.
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Post by mightysparks » March 19th, 2019, 1:39 am

I’ve done 11 but they were all short horror films. I probably couldn’t do it now because I just don’t have the attention span for it, but it wasn’t really any different to watching 1 or 3 in a day back then. Was definitely good fun at the time though
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Post by blocho » March 19th, 2019, 2:23 am

An extraordinary undertaking. Like a self-administered Ludovico Technique. I am full of admiration and wonder.

I've never done more than four in a day. Never wanted to.

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Post by nimimerkillinen » March 19th, 2019, 10:46 am

ive dont 10 a few times but these days i dont think i feel like watching more than 2 films a day except in festivals

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Post by St. Gloede » March 19th, 2019, 2:52 pm

Update: I started watching films at about 6.45 this morning. It is now 15.52, almost exactly 9 hours later, and I am 6 films in:

Zo o kutta renchu / The Fellows Who Ate the Elephant (1947, Kôzaburô Yoshimura) 6/10
Les Baisers de secours / Emergency Kisses (1989, Philippe Garrel) 8/10
Os Fuzis / The Guns (1964, Ruy Guerra) 8/10
Crónica de un niño solo / Chronicle of a Boy Alone (1965, Leonardo Favio) 7.5-8/10
Alye parusa / Scarlet Sails (1961, Aleksandr Ptushko) 6/10
Abismu / The Abyss (1977, Rogério Sganzerla) 7/10

If I keep this rate up I will actually be done well ahead of schedule, as I now have about 9 hours to watch the remaining 5.

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Post by St. Gloede » March 19th, 2019, 11:21 pm

I made it! (Surprisingly)

Sadly I had to compromise the selection, removing two 90+ minute films (Life of Jesus + L'Enfant) for two films around the 75 min mark (Die Villa im Tiergarten + La rencontre)

Full order:

Zo o kutta renchu / The Fellows Who Ate the Elephant (1947, Kôzaburô Yoshimura) 6/10
Les Baisers de secours / Emergency Kisses (1989, Philippe Garrel) 8/10
Os Fuzis / The Guns (1964, Ruy Guerra) 8/10
Crónica de un niño solo / Chronicle of a Boy Alone (1965, Leonardo Favio) 7.5-8/10
Alye parusa / Scarlet Sails (1961, Aleksandr Ptushko) 6/10
Abismu / The Abyss (1977, Rogério Sganzerla) 7/10
Et Dieu... créa la femme / And God Created Woman (1956, Roger Vadim) 7/10
Faráruv konec / The Parson's End (1969, Evald Schorm) 7/10
Die Villa im Tiergarten (1927, Franz Osten) 5-5.5/10
La fille sur le pont / The Girl On The Bridge (1999, Patrice Leconte) 8/10
La rencontre (1996, Alain Cavalier) 8.5/10

Completed at 00.17, and as I started at about 06.45 that means I saw them over a period of 17 hours and 32 minutes.

Incredibly happy about the final replacement. Amazing to find something this spellbinding so late!

I really should be off to bed now, but will add more thoughts tomorrow.

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » March 19th, 2019, 11:54 pm

Congrats :cheers:
What did you eat during your marathon? Did you prepare meals beforehand, order take-away or made some easy meals? Had snacks ready to sustain your energy?

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Post by OldAle1 » March 20th, 2019, 12:15 am

Lonewolf2003 wrote:
March 19th, 2019, 11:54 pm
Congrats :cheers:
What did you eat during your marathon? Did you prepare meals beforehand, order take-away or made some easy meals? Had snacks ready to sustain your energy?
Sounds like the proper day for habañero-black bean burritos and vast quantities of beer to me.

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Post by flaiky » March 20th, 2019, 5:24 am

Oof, that's a lot. I remember doing 5 in a day once, and feeling a bit frazzled...I'm glad you enjoyed the challenge though!
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Post by Armoreska » March 20th, 2019, 6:25 am

It was about 25 over 24.5 hours. Mostly short, slow movies and mostly two at the same time in split screen.
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Post by albajos » March 20th, 2019, 7:50 am

So basically none, as you didn't "watch" them

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Post by St. Gloede » March 20th, 2019, 5:07 pm

Thanks guys!

To answer some of the questions:

- I did skip cooking complicated meals, had tomatoes with mozarella as one main meal, and sausages with chips as the other - with snacks inbetween.
- I did manage to do a few other things, i.e. showered, shaved, took the dog for a walk, video called my wife and even posted a little - why I suddenly had very little time
- In terms of strategy I think what matters most was the build up. After the first 6 things slowed down and I thought I had more time than I did
- The subtitles were not an issue at all, though the reason I originally picked L'Enfant was to have a contemplative film to take down the tempo a little
- While this did not turn out to be impossible, last years sey of 10 films proved more rewarding, and I think that was because of the amount of Iwai films. I think it would be far easier to be fully engaged and jump from film to film without issue if it felt like a complete journey and was engaging with a larger whole
- In the end this really just felt like a day of watching films, as supposed to something more epic, too bad, perhaps I won't try to go for 12 or any other new record in the future. Not to say I never will, but it was not some incredible experience.

As for statistics, I calculated above that I watched films over a 17 hours and 45 minute time span.

Comparing this to the total length of the films:

83
80
76
83
83
82
91
95
73
87
74

Total: 907 minutes or 15 hours and 7 minutes.

I did in other words have 2 hours and 38 minutes of none movie time between the films - damn, could have seen Winter Sleep :D

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Post by peeptoad » March 21st, 2019, 2:47 pm

Congrats and nice job! That's likely more in one day than I'll ever watch so I'm impressed. :cheers:

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Post by albajos » March 21st, 2019, 5:07 pm

Yes, I could never do that many with subtitles in a day. So either I'll learn the languages or I'll think I'll max out on 5-6 or so.

When I did 13 (January 2nd 2019) in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy-challenge most of them were extremely lightweight

07. Them! (1954) USA 3 official lists 2 923 checks
08. The Stepford Wives (1975) USA 2 official lists 3 677 checks
09. Mannequin (1987) USA 1 473 checks
10. Mannequin: On the Move (1991) USA 188 checks
11. Weird Science (1985) USA 5 816 checks
12. The Dark Crystal (1982) USA | UK 1 official list 4 344 checks
13. Trancers (1984) USA 2 official lists 843 checks
14. Two of a Kind (1983) USA 843 checks [rewatch]
15. Wonder Woman (1974) USA 18 checks
16. Sabrina Goes to Rome (1998) USA 361 checks
17. Witchcraft II: The Temptress (1989) USA 16 checks
18. Witchcraft 8: Salem's Ghost (1996) USA 5 checks
19. The Beastmaster (1982) USA 3 official lists 1 259 checks

94+115+90+95+94+93+76+88+73+84+88+90+118=1198 minutes. Which of course is 2 minutes short of 20 hours.

So from 5am to 1 am, aaaaand I forgot to eat that day, so not doing that again anytime soon.

If I had actually planned ahead I could probably only done 70-90 minute movies and gotten 1-2 more, but I like to pick randomly.

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Post by St. Gloede » March 21st, 2019, 5:42 pm

Really impressive!

I think that line-up would have been worse for me actually. :D

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Post by Pretentious Hipster » March 21st, 2019, 5:44 pm

I might go see 9 films in a row in theatres on Saturday if that's close enough.

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Post by albajos » March 21st, 2019, 5:56 pm

I've seen 4 Twilight-movies in a row in theatres. I win :lol:

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Post by Ivan0716 » April 13th, 2019, 10:14 am

Been laid up in bed for a few days now(and prob a few more to come), so I've done almost nothing other than watch films back-to-back, managed 10 films in the last 24 hours, most of them are "easy viewings" that don't require much brain power.

1. A Boy and His Dog (L.Q. Jones, 1975) - 5/10
2. Seven Footprints to Satan (Benjamin Christensen, 1929) - 6/10
3. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009) - 8/10
4. Kuai can che/Wheels on Meals (Sammo Hung, 1984) - 5/10
5. Vampyres (José Ramón Larraz, 1974) - 6/10
6. Non ho sonno/Sleepless (Dario Argento, 2001) - 4/10
7. Sotto il vestito niente/Nothing Underneath (Carlo Vanzina, 1985) - 6/10
8. Un angelo per Satana/An Angel for Satan (Camillo Mastrocinque, 1966) - 5/10
9. He Who Gets Slapped (Victor Sjöström, 1924) - 8/10
10. Andrea - Wie ein Blatt auf nackter Haut (Hans Schott-Schöbinger, 1968) - 5/10

Interesting thing: I haven't given any films 8+ for over a month, but had two of those today. :lol:

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Post by sol » April 18th, 2019, 12:20 pm

I'm up to 5 films for today. With just under 4 hours left until midnight, I should fit one more in, maybe two, but 6 is usually my limit for a single day - even when on holidays with no reason to leave the house. Always something to do (washing, cleaning, schoolwork, etc) other than just stare mindlessly at a screen. I think I've done 7 a couple of times during the October Horror Challenges, but that's pretty rare.
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Post by St. Gloede » April 18th, 2019, 3:31 pm

Well done Ivan! Nice batch, and good that you finally caught a couple of great films again!

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Post by sol » April 18th, 2019, 4:08 pm

sol wrote:
April 18th, 2019, 12:20 pm
I'm up to 5 films for today. With just under 4 hours left until midnight, I should fit one more in, maybe two, but 6 is usually my limit for a single day - even when on holidays with no reason to leave the house. Always something to do (washing, cleaning, schoolwork, etc) other than just stare mindlessly at a screen. I think I've done 7 a couple of times during the October Horror Challenges, but that's pretty rare.
So, how did I end up going?

086 mins The Way of All Flesh (1940)
096 mins OtherLife (2017)
066 mins The Ghost Camera (1933)
130 mins Dealer (2004)
067 mins King of the Zombies (1941)
114 mins Little Fish (2005)
069 mins Louisiana Purchase (1941; unfinished before midnight)

= 628 minutes. Not even 10.5 hours. I'm such a lightweight when it comes to marathon movie watching. :sleeping:

P.S.: Apologies for hijacking your thread, Gloede! :$
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Post by PGonzalez » April 18th, 2019, 6:24 pm

I don't really belong in this conversation (my record is 3, and I only achieved that once), but I found the subtitles discussion interesting because for me it's the other way around: I actively avoid non-subtitled movies when I'm tired, because I find the extra effort of listening to every word (and the stress of missing something) to be extremely draining.

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Post by weirdboy » April 18th, 2019, 11:05 pm

I watch a lot when I'm traveling. I watched at least 13 one time during an extended day when I was stuck traveling. There was another long flight I had where I watched Satantango, and then still had tons of time left and watched another 2 films after that before the flight landed.

One day in January this year when it was cold and rainy outside and I was suffering from jet lag, I watched 10 films in one day, totaling about 14 hours of watching.

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Post by 72aicm » April 20th, 2019, 1:43 pm

My record is ten movies during the 2017 Western Challenge. But that’s ten relatively easy watches compared to your lineup St. Gloede. Never again though.
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