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Time Piece: Muppets Creator Jim Henson’s Experimental 1965 Film on Time-Keeping

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An Oscar-nominated abstract meditation on how we experience time.

The nature and mystery of time is a subject of long-running scientific fascination, but what about its subjective, abstract nature? In 1964, exactly a decade after creating his original Muppets for Sesame Street predecessor Sam + Friends, Jim Henson wrote, produced, directed, and starred in a short experimental film titled Time Piece, exploring in a visceral way the effect time-keeping has on all of us. It premiered on May 6, 1965 at the Museum of Modern Art and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1966.

The film is available on iTunes in its entirety and is very much worth the $1.99.

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