The Cure for Insomnia

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The Cure for Insomnia
Directed byJohn Henry Timmis IV
Written byNickoli Schirripa
Produced byJoseph Emm Matune
StarringLee Groban
CinematographyJohn Henry Timmis IV
Edited bySean Jay Manning
Release date
January 31, 1987
Running time
5,220 minutes (87 hours)

The Cure for Insomnia is a 1987 experimental film directed by John Henry Timmis IV, which was, according to Guinness World Records, the longest running film.[1] At 5,220 minutes long (87 hours, or 3 days and 15 hours) in length, the film has no plot, instead consisting of artist L. D. Groban reading his 4,080-page poem A Cure for Insomnia[2] over the course of three and a half days, spliced with occasional clips from heavy metal and pornographic videos.[3]

It was first played in its entirety at The School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Illinois, from January 31 to February 3, 1987, in one continuous showing. It has not been released on DVD or other home video formats and all known copies are considered as lost.[4][better source needed]

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  1. ^ "The Longest Movies Ever Made". Orange Coast Magazine. May 1989. p. 176.
  2. ^ Felton, Bruce (2003). What Were They Thinking?: Really Bad Ideas Throughout History. The Lyons Press. p. 96.
  3. ^ Belardes, Nick (2014). A People's History of the Peculiar: A Freak Show of Facts, Random Obsessions and Astounding Truths. Viva Editions. p. 154.
  4. ^ "The Cure for Insomnia (Lost 87-hour-long experimental film; 1987) - the Lost Media Wiki".

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