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One Minute Movies is a 1980 short film by The Residents with Graeme Whifler.

It features four tracks from the group's 1980 album Commercial Album; "Moisture", "The Act of Being Polite", "Perfect Love" and "The Simple Song".


When The Residents released Commercial Album in 1980, Phonogram and Celluloid Records financed the production of four short videos with which to promote the album in Europe.

With a good solid budget The Residents hired their long-time collaborator Graeme Whifler to direct short clips for "Moisture" and "The Simple Song", and directed another two themselves, "The Act of Being Polite" and "Perfect Love".

As there was little else available in the realm of music video at that time, the four clips often received rotation on MTV (in its infancy at the time) in spite of the decidedly avant-garde nature of the music.

In 2004 The Residents took commissions for new "one minute movies" based on songs from Commercial Album from a number of independent directors, resulting in the release of The Commercial DVD.

Along with The Residents' other early short films and their entire discography, One Minute Movies is held by the Museum of Modern Art. In 2019 the film was remastered in HD by Peter Conheim for the Cinema Preservation Alliance.[1]

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