The Shorter the Better
Films / When I first heard about Stars in Shorts at the Doris Duke Theatre, I pictured a montage of my favorite actors lounging around in them: Bermudas, golf shorts, swim trunks, jean shorts, gym shorts, short shorts, Lederhosen. People will pay for anything these days.
Alas, they apparently mean short films, the underrated baby siblings to the blockbuster hits we’re more familiar with. While short films don’t often make it to the big screen (except for those wonderful animated Pixar shorts shown before movies like Up and Toy Story), that doesn’t make them any less magical, funny, creative, intelligent or provocative.
“There was a lot of buzz about [Stars in Shorts] in New York when it came out,” says Taylour Chang, Doris Duke Theatre Manager. “It’s interesting to see very big stars in sort of quainter non-feature films, doing non-commercial jobs.”
Some of those names include Judi Dench (much less M-like) as an internet dater in “Friend Request Pending,” Colin Firth and Keira Knightly in “Steve,” Lily Tomlin in “Procession” and Jason Alexander, of Seinfeld fame, in “Not Your Time.” There are seven shorts total in the compilation.
“Just hearing the names is an interesting draw,” Chang says.