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Time Piece (1965)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Fantasy | 1965 (USA)
A surreal stream of consciousness montage about time and related bizarreness.


Jim Henson


Jim Henson
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins. See more awards »


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Cast overview:
Jim Henson ... Man
Enid Cafritz Enid Cafritz ... Wife
Dennis Paget Dennis Paget
Jim Hutchison Jim Hutchison ... Male Dancer
Barbara Richman Barbara Richman
Diana Birkenfield Diana Birkenfield
April March April March ... Stripper
Dave Bailey Dave Bailey ... Drummer
Sandy Patterson Sandy Patterson
Jerry Juhl Jerry Juhl ... Bartender
Frank Oz ... Messenger boy (as Frank Oznowicz)


Dislocation in time, time signatures, time as a philosophical concept, and slavery to time are some of the themes touched upon in this nine-minute, experimental film, which was written, directed, and produced by Jim Henson-and starred Jim Henson! Screened for the first time at the Museum of Modern Art in May of 1965, Time Piece enjoyed an eighteen-month run at one Manhattan movie theater and was nominated for an Academy Award for outstanding short subject. Written by Anonymous

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Short | Comedy | Fantasy


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Release Date:

1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alpträume See more »

Filming Locations:

Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

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Did You Know?


Jim Henson provides most of the vocalizations (coughs, hiccups, etc), as well as the only spoken lines: four times, he says "Help!". See more »


[first lines]
[last lines]
Man: [only line of dialogue in the film] Help!
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Alternate Versions

Allthough originally shot in color, most versions circulated are in Black and White. Just as NBC Experiment in Television: The Cube. See more »


Featured in The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson (1990) See more »

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time is on Jim Henson's side
2 October 2011 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

It was only after "Sesame Street" debuted that Jim Henson became a household name. Of course, that wasn't his first foray into the public eye. The man who created the Muppets had been working on stuff since the '50s, but his avant-garde 1965 short "Time Piece" is also worth seeing. This film has no discernible plot. It focuses on time, whether as an abstract concept, or as the dominant force in our lives (to the extent that it imprisons us). Henson plays a man who walks to the beat of a ticking clock. A few other things happen, all set to a beat.

The antics of Bert & Ernie, as well as Kermit & Piggy, showed everyone that Henson was capable of creating some far-out material. But here, he goes for the surreal. In a good way. Definitely worth seeing. Watch for a young Frank Oz (the voice of Fozzie, and the director of "The Muppets Take Manhattan", "Little Shop of Horrors", "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels", "What About Bob?", "In & Out", "Bowfinger" and the original "Death at a Funeral") in one scene.

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