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Tiempo Real

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Fabrizio Prada's Tiempo Real (Real Time) is an 86-minute heist film shot entirely in one take. The film opens with a group of criminals pulling off an armored car robbery. They then proceed to fight with and kill each other. This technically audacious film was recorded on digital video, and the cast is loaded with actors experienced with stage work.
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Fabrizio Prada's Tiempo Real (Real Time) is an 86-minute heist film shot entirely in one take. The film opens with a group of criminals pulling off an armored car robbery. They then proceed to fight with and kill each other. This technically audacious film was recorded on digital video, and the cast is loaded with actors experienced with stage work.
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Special Features

Spanish language film with and without English subtitles; 5.1 surround; Interactive menu; Scene selections; Other previews
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2004
  • UPC: 824355507423
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Maverick
  • Presentation: en español
  • Language: Spanish
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 90,868

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jorge Castillo
Enrique Rendon
Raúl Santamaría
Leticia Valenzuela
Monica LaValle
Waldo Facco
Felix Lozano
Carlos Puente Ortega
Carlos Ortega
Technical Credits
Fabrizio Prada Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Elda Rojas Aldunate Associate Producer
Cesar Balestra Producer
Adriana Fomperosa Asst. Director
Ana Garcia Sound Mixer
Everardo Gonzalez Cinematographer
Eliseo Hernandez Score Composer
Renato Prada Oropeza Screenwriter
Ixchel Prada Art Director
Enrique Rendon Sound Mixer
Rodrigo Soberanes Production Manager
Amador del Solar Sound/Sound Designer
Hugo Stieglitz Producer
Cesar Vergara Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Real Time [2:27]
2. Reading [3:18]
3. George [2:49]
4. Van [2:33]
5. This Job [3:40]
6. What's Wrong? [2:21]
7. Four [3:06]
8. Changing [3:23]
9. Fight [2:29]
10. Counting [3:27]
11. Poison [2:49]
12. Cigar [2:54]
13. Women [3:34]
14. Stealing [2:41]
15. Police [2:21]
16. Worried [3:06]
17. Time [2:00]
18. For What? [3:07]
19. Three [2:45]
20. My Girl [3:01]
21. The Plan [4:18]
22. The Bible [3:18]
23. The Pact [3:05]
24. Lovers [2:46]
25. We're Leaving [2:36]
26. Uncle [2:52]
27. Searching [3:16]
28. Swings [2:42]
29. Adriana [3:29]
30. Credits [3:57]
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Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
      With Subtitles in English: Yes
      With Subtitles in English: No
      Just Run!
      The Last Train
      Bitter Sweat
      Real Time
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    "Tiempo Real" (Real Time) was made in 2002 by Mexican filmmaker Fabrizio Prada, son of Bolivian writer Renato Prada Oropeza, who currently lives and works in México and helped his son script this movie. The story unfolds in a single shot of digital camera, moving through different locations in the city of Jalapa, Veracruz, and portraying several events. These events are triggered when the employee of a valuable transportation service and his accomplices decide to take off with the money he was assigned to deliver that day. From that point on, those who took part in the heist start dying as each one of them wants to keep the whole loot for his/herself. This is not the first time someone attempts to shoot a feature film on a single take. "The Russian Ark," made a couple of years earlier, follows the same procedure. Nevertheless, the purposes to which each filmmaker applied this technique differ substantially. The makers of "The Russian Ark" attempt to present the history of Russia from a panoramic angle, in which the events come together as part of a single picture. Prada employs such method to present the dramatic elements of narrative film-making without having to use editing for the story to flow naturally, depicting each character's point of view by the same token. "The Russian Ark" would be best compared with a painting, substituting dialog and individual characters for a collective entity, the people of Russia. Music and the art department set the mood and tone for each passage. Prada's premise closely follows the same model as Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs," which in turn bears essential similarities with such movies as Mario Bava's "Chain Reaction" (1970) and "Rabid Dogs" (1974), for example. In these films all family, sentimental or fraternity bonds among the characters are over weighed by ambition, which leads to the use of each other for their individual goal of attaining wealth. Prada's seems to invert the patterns and settings of Tarantino's story on purpose. "Reservoir Dogs" takes place in a single location for the most part, while Prada moves around the city as much as he can. The spectator identifies in Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) and Mr. Orange (Tim Roth) the characters with the highest stakes arisen after the "revelation," traditionally prescribed in drama. In Prada's film the characters that would have had the most dramatic weight are the ones eliminated first, leading to constant surprise as each one of the killers makes his/her move. Their motivations are not revealed until then. With Tarantino, we discover who the protagonists are little by little, while with Prada each character is given just enough time to present himself/herself, briefly outline his motivations, and kill or die in descending order. They die according to whoever the viewer thinks is the most relevant. In its attempt to present the development of a story in the fashion which the title suggests, it turns away from referencing the past, which in Tarantino's movie, for example, was constantly glanced at through flashbacks, somewhat telling the story in reverse order. Prada sees in referencing the past the main obstacle to present a story in the time frame in which it would naturally take place. If he had made such references for the sake of character development, he would have had to edit and defeat the main purpose of his experiment. Given the number of characters and their distinct motivations, the action moves along at a vertiginous pace. This is where "Real Time's" main weakness may be. It's difficult to think that so many characters would do so much in such a brief period of time. They not only betray and kill each other while they move through nine or so different locations. They also drink together, have sex, family arguments, receive the visit of religious ministers, etc… One would think is high

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    From Variety

    Shot in one long continuous take (hence the title), 'Real Time' creates surprising levels of tension as the viewer is dragged through 15 locations, tagging along with a gang of foul-mouthed creeps as they pull off a heist and, one by one, knock each other off. The choreography of the camera takes center stage, its forward-thinking ingenuity contrasting greatly with the crass stupidity of the greedy, rats-in-a-maze characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    International Non-Budget Film Festival

    HAVANA (Reuters) ¿ Three awards were bestowed upon Mexican cinema at the week-long First International Non-Budget Film Festival which took place in the town of Gibara in eastern Cuba. At the closing ceremony Friday night, the jury granted the special award for ¿Best Feature Film, Fiction¿ to Tiempo Real (Real Time) by Mexican filmmaker Fabrizio Prada. Its 86 minutes are filmed with a single digital camera in a continual sequence. This achievement earned him a spot in this year¿s Guinness Book of World Records. The plot revolves around a gang of thieves who, dressed in private security guard uniforms, rob a warehouse in Mexico. The two kingpins, instigated by the wife of one of them, plan, each in their own interest, to keep the loot, if ever they should survive. Furthermore, Prada¿s work came in first place with a special mention from the International Federation of Cinematic Press (FIPRESCI) who emphasized the ability to construct ¿a story that is complex in its action, locations, and characters, with a wise use of time and a precise planning of camera use.¿

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