Live Poll: Directors and Their Long Films

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Films can be pretty boring if their run-time is longer than expected. But, some movies need to be longer in order to give a better experience.

Which of the directors make the best use of the time, in your opinion?

List: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls068613159/

Poll: http://www.imdb.com/poll/eBB37jL7WtM/
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Which of these directors...
In the title, "their" should be capitalized.
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Done.

Thank you!
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None of these really strike me as needing to be such long films. I'd probably pick Lars von Trier only for Breaking the Waves.

Your listings should be:
Title - time
rather than
Title- time
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Akash Charudatta Deshpande

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Glad to know that!
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David Lean
 IMHO, I don't find time length to be the problem, it is the symptom. The true issue is pacing and whether the story and the action are supporting the time expended. I have seen four hour movies that seem like a blink of an eye and half-hour shorts that seemed like they would never end. David Lean is good example of a director, whose long run time movies are well paced and story and action are supported throughout.
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Even I don't find it as a problem per se. But, a lot of people do. 

Like the one Jen mentioned above- Lars Von Trier. Frankly speaking, there were only a few people who had problem with its run-time as much for Dogville, which is about 3 hours long. I personally thought that it was needed, but it was boring because of their subjective opinion.

Besides, the question is- who makes the best use of that length?
- The example you gave of David Lean..he's definitely a legend. But, there would be people arguing how poetic Tarkovsky or Tarr who makes the best out of it...i.e, these movies need to be that long.
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Akash Charudatta Deshpande

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" whether the story and the action are supporting the time expended."

Opinions differ on this. It can't be universal talking about an art-film. I have seen polarizing reactions for Bela Tarr's films.
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I am suggesting a change, just an opinion on the topic. I think the question is fine.

I think we are on same wavelenth, I less concern about the time used, rather how it is used and does it make sense. If I am so engaged throughout the entire movie, that I don't think once about the time, then the director has done his job.
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Akash Charudatta Deshpande

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I'm sorry if i came out as harsh.

Which change should I make?
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Sorry, that was a typo "I am not suggesting a change, just an opinion on the topic.

My point was that movies can be too long "overdeveloped and slow paced", too short "underdeveloped and confusingly, fast paced" or just right "perfectly developed and well-paced" I rarely think of time and length, maybe it is matter of semantics.
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Akash Charudatta Deshpande

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Completely agree!
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Peter Jackson
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Thanks for your vote!
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How about Ashutosh Gowariker? Many of his films are in the three-hour range.
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Added.
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Akash,

Please capitalize "Their" in the title of your poll:

Please change the title of your poll from:
Directors and their Long Films

To:
Directors and Their Long Films
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I had changed that in the list before actually.
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I updated the title of the thread to:
Poll Suggestion: Directors and Their Long Films
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FYC:

Lav Diaz (not very well-known, but a festival favorite)

The Woman Who Left, 3h 46min
Norte, the End of History, 4h 10min
From What Is Before, 5h 38min
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Added.

Thanks!
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Kurosawa

Gowariker


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'Good poll!  When I saw the title, I immediately thought of Lawrence of Arabia, but I was so surprised to see a lot of the films on this list, which makes the point of your intro, I guess. For example, I have seen Magnolia maybe close to a dozen times, and consider it to be a favorite film of mine, and I had no idea that it was so long. The list is really interesting.
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Sergio Leone.