A collage of clips created as an art installation by Christian Marclay from thousands of films, foreign and domestic, silent and sound, with some TV shows thrown into the mix, “The Clock” is structured minute by minute around a 24-hour time cycle.
This may sound like a trivialization of the cinematic experience, but the reality is quite intoxicating. As with the Eagles' "Hotel California," you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art owns “The Clock” and periodically puts it on display.
The next free, 24-hour screening at the spacious Bing Theatre begins at noon March 24 through noon March 25. Even seeing a fraction of it will expand your mind.
-- Kenneth Turan
Photo: A detail from Christian Marclay's "The Clock." Credit: Todd-White Art Photography