Friday, July 08, 2011

"an exhilarating and intoxicating moviegoing experience"

"The Clock" gets under your skin. Whether you're awake or asleep, whether you're watching or looking away, you can sense its presence, feel its focus. You look at your own clock and wonder, what's on that screen at this exact moment?

Though it's been ticking away in its little room at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art since mid-May, you may not have heard of "The Clock." Unlike London and New York, where crowds lined up as late as 2 a.m. in the winter cold to catch a glimpse of this wonder, "The Clock" hasn't intoxicated this movie-centric city the way it should. But if you're a person who cares about film, you shouldn't even think of missing it.

Even though Christian Marclay's art installation piece won the Gold Lion at the Venice Biennale, it may be best viewed not through the lens of high art but as an exhilarating and intoxicating moviegoing experience, an unintentional love note to movies, how they work and what they do, that immediately goes to your head and makes you giddy. As with the Eagles' Hotel California, you can check out any time you like but you can never leave.

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