Time Piece - Museum of the Moving Image
Hours: On view continuously
Price: $12; $9 for people over 65 and for students with ID; $6 for children ages 3-18; free for children under 3.
36-01 35th Ave. - 718-784-0077
Astoria, NY 11106
Description: In 1965, Jim Henson made Time Piece, an experimental short film that tells what he called "the story of Everyman, frustrated by the typical tasks of a typical day." The film opens with a man—played by Henson—in a hospital bed. A doctor takes his pulse. The pulse turns into a drumbeat, which becomes the percussive soundtrack for the film, in a syncopated score created by Don Sebesky. Through a series of jump cuts, we follow the man as he walks through city streets,suburban streets, and then, the jungle. Playfully surreal sequences are bridged by short passages of stop-motion animation. While the film retains his trademark sense of humor, it is also a bold example of nonlinear editing. The film is presented courtesy of The Jim Henson Company in the Museum of the Moving Image's amphitheater as a part of the on-going Jim Henson's Fantastic World exhibit.