Re “Moviegoing as endurance test,” Dec. 22
I don't think longer movies have anything to do with digital. It's because longer movies traditionally win awards.
About 40% of the movies that won the best picture Oscar over the last 40 years have been movies more than 21/2 hours in length. (“The Godfather,” The Godfather Part II,” “Dances With Wolves,” “Schindler's List,” “Braveheart,” “Titanic” and “Gladiator,” to name a few). Several films that were nominated but didn't win were longer movies.
Long movies have been around for a long time.