Part III Minute 5 – The Morning After

Marty and Doc sleep in Doc’s living room as the TV plays static.

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2 thoughts on “Part III Minute 5 – The Morning After

  1. What’s super cool about Part III is that it mirrors the first movie. This long opening one-shot across Doc’s living room mimics the opening shot of Part I, detailing the clocks in Doc’s garage.

    I love love love how relaxed this opening is, how much it is like taking a deep breath after the insanity of the second movie. This movie is simpler, has more direct goals, and a less circuitous plot and that tone and rhythm is getting established right now.

    Oh and in addition to hanging up his and Doc’s shoes/socks/jackets, Marty also hung the Western Union letter on the fireplace to dry. Not sure if that was the best decision because it’s 70-year-old parchment…draped near an open flame.,,but it was pretty endearing of Marty. This whole minute is endearing.

  2. TV signed off super early in the 50s, 10 at most without looking it up. Which is weird when you realize none of these adventures are that late in the evening, cuz, yeah a HS dance (when the thunder storm was in full swing) ends at 9 at night (tops) and it did for us in the late 90s, I can’t imagine it wouldn’t be different in the 50s.

    TV had crazy little content back in the day when you research it and few people had reason to watch TV late at night like now (I know this because my dad was a train guy starting in the 70’s and he told me once how grateful he was in the 70’s, when TV stopped ‘signing off’ cuz being a dude getting off a night shift he had something- anything- to watch when he got home at 4 AM before hitting the hay.

    Fun fqft, remember the expression 7/8 central for when something air? I didn’t realize till I started researching TV history that that was an old-time thing from the farmere in the midwest. on east coast people tended to work 9 to 5, but since people one time zone over kept farners hours TV would air prime time to match their earlier kept hours. so for central time zone, 7 to 9 was ‘prime time’.

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