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Empire Andy Warhol

Two frames of the "film"

Empire is a 1964 "movie" directed and produced by Andy Warhol.

Why It Sucks

  1. The whole movie is literally absolutely nothing but an 8-hour-and-5-minute continuous shot of the Empire State Building. It barely even qualifies as movie, which is why it's in quotes.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. It is still a document of historical importance because it depicts how a famous building looked like several decades ago.

Reception

In 2004, the Library of Congress selected the film to be preserved as part of its National Film Registry. In 2007, website Nerve selected Empire as one of "The Thirteen Greatest Long-Ass Movies of All Time." However, many regular moviegoers despise this movie and joke about it being the worst film ever made.

Trivia

  1. Supposedly, the unwatchability of the film was an important part of the reason the film was created. Many believe Andy Warhol just did this to "make fun of" the classic movie industry.
  2. The film was shot at 24 frames per second, but is projected at 16 fps, so when screened, it's about 8 hours and 5 minutes long. This was actually a mistake. When Warhol employed Rob Trains to be the projectionist for a screening of the film, Trains miscalculated and mixed the order and speed of the reels for the eight-hour movie. After a positive review in The New York Times, Warhol actually liked the “mistake” and employed Trains for the entire summer.

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