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Film length[edit]

The wiki for "feature film" indicates that anything exceeding 40 minutes is a feature, so wouldn't a "featurette" fall below that length? 02:36, 3 September 2006 (UTC)

It's not an exact science. 16:23, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

The Searchers: First use of a featurette?[edit]

I once read/heard that the first use of a featurette, in the sense of showing the behind-the-scenes of a movie for the purpose of promotion, was for the 1956 film The Searchers. If there is any truth to this, with references to back it up, please add!

Al Fecund (talk) 03:08, 12 July 2012 (UTC)

Not sure about a featurette's use in relation to a "behind-the-scenes" promo, but the earliest reference to a "featurette" I could find in the New York Times archive goes back to an October 6, 1924, review of the film "The Story Without A Name", which is listed as being shown with a featurette called "If Matches Struck". Mayor of awesometown (talk) 10:25, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Featurette length[edit]

I changed the length. Short subjects that were comprised of two film reels were usually referred to as "two-reelers", such as is the case with many "two reel comedies" by Laurel and Hardy, Our Gang, and The Three Stooges, or with serials such as Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers.

As indicated above, a "feature film" by the standards of the American Film Institute, the British Film Institute, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is defined as a film lasting at least 40 minutes--in other words, it is roughly comprised of four or more film reels.

A film reel lasts 12 minutes or less, thus, a featurette would last somewhere from 24 minutes (greater than two film reels) to 40 minutes (less than a feature film), so I have changed the length on this wiki page to reflect that. Mayor of awesometown (talk) 02:06, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Citation needed[edit]

A citation is needed for the sentence "The ending "-ette" is a common diminutive suffix derived from French": I'm French and I confirm that that sentence is true. - Groupir ! (talk) I hope that my sentence is understandable because my english is not good.