(No rating, 1:50, in French)

September 7, 2008

If you search databases of New York Times articles for the word “parentheses,” a bunch of the hits you’ll retrieve are movie listings, because they open the listings with the sentence, “Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases, movie trailers, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/movies.”

For example, this week, a New Yorker might go check out ‘A GIRL CUT IN TWO’ (No rating, 1:50, in French). It could be interesting to compile some sort of list of these parentheses and isolate what’s inside them. And then to study something like whether or not certain ratings correspond with certain running lengths.

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