Five Minutes Left


Sometimes, even few minutes are of vital importance. Naturally, filmmakers have exploited this circumstance extensively. For example, in certain movies a short period of five minutes has been mentioned. By the way, a judo bout usually lasts five minutes. As for film directors and screenwriters, they have used the period of five minutes as a symbol of fleeting time, during which momentous decisions could be made.

In Soviet music comedy «Карнавальная ночь» (Carnival Night, directed by Eldar Ryazanov, produced by Mosfilm Studios, 1956), an actress sings a famous song «Five Minutes» against the symbolical background of the New Year’s celebrations. The song tells about young people, who could decide to become a highly-skilled workman or marry a beloved one just within five minutes. Action-packed adventure movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by Paramount Pictures, 1984) contains a frivolous scene, where the iconic archaeologist’s beautiful companion Wilhelmina Scott unequivocally tells him that he will succumb to her charms within five minutes, but he resolutely answers that he will be asleep in five minutes. An epic disaster film Titanic (directed by James Cameron, produced by Twentieth Century Fox and Paramount Pictures, 1997) has dramatic moments right from the start. Poor characters, who have just won two tickets onto the doomed ship in a poker game, frantically run to be in time for her departure scheduled in five minutes.

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