feature film

A feature film is a film (also called a movie or motion picture) with a running time long enough to be considered the principal or sole film to fill a program. The notion of how long this should be has varied according to time and place. According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, American Film Institute, and British Film Institute, a feature film runs for 40 minutes or longer, while the Screen Actors Guild states that it is 80 minutes or longer. The majority of feature films are between 70 and 210 minutes long. The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight (1897, America) is considered the first feature documentary (It runs at 1 hour and 40 minutes). The Story of the Kelly Gang (at around 60 min) is considered to be the first dramatic feature film, and was released in Australia in 1906. The first feature-length adaptation was Les Misérables which was released in 1909. Other early feature films include The Inferno (L’Inferno) (1911), Quo Vadis? (1912), Oliver Twist (1912), Richard III (1912), From the Manger to the Cross (1912), and Cleopatra (1912).