What Is A Feature Film?


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A feature film is a film which runs for 40 minutes or longer, according to Bristish Film Institute, the American Film Institute and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, though the Screen Actors Guild states that it is 80 minutes or longer.

The majority of feature films are between 90 and 210 minutes long. 'The Story of the Kelly Gang' was the first feature film based on length, and was released in 1906. The first feature film adaptation was 'Les Miserables' which was released in 1909.

Feature films for children are usually between 60 to 120 minutes. Other early feature films include a version of 'Oliver Twist' (1912), 'Richard III' (1912) and 'From Mangar to the Cross' (1912).

Many feature films tend to be adaptations of literary works. Notable feature length adaptations include 'The Godfather', 'Gone with the Wind', Bram Stoker's 'Dracula', 'Forrest Gump' and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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