At the end of each interval, the organizer rings a bell, clinks a glass, or blows a whistle to signal the participants to move on to the next date.
At the end of the event participants submit to the organizers a list of who they would like to provide their contact information to.
Speed dating, as two separate words, is often used as a generic term for similar events.
The first speed-dating event took place at Peet’s Café in Beverly Hills in late 1998.
The funniest of all silent comedies, it achieves something close to perpetual motion. Of Human Bondage (John Cromwell, 1934) A startling, early Bette Davis picture, released a year before her first Oscar (for 1935’s Dangerous), which was widely viewed as a consolation prize for this.
More to the point, it’s about a director discovering his unbridled love of moviemaking. Xala (Ousmane Sembène, 1975) In his most famous film, Senegalese master Sembène satirises the corruption of post-independence African leadership, using the device of a businessman (Thierno Leye) who discovers he’s sexually impotent on the day of his status-boosting marriage to a third wife. Death by Hanging (Nagisa Oshima, 1968) Oshima co-opts a death chamber into his very own theatre of the absurd, in this challenging, Brechtian work analysing guilt and consciousness, the individual and the state, and specifically the postwar Japanese persecution of ethnic Koreans. House on Haunted Hill (William Castle, 1959) This story of a lunatic millionaire who invites a party of guests to his mansion, where he proceeds to terrorise them, is the work of William Castle, famous for the gimmicks he employed to publicise his films.
For this one, a red-eyed skeleton was flown by wires over the audience during one of the climactic scenes. Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (Todd Haynes, 1987) An early short from Todd Haynes (Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven): 43 minutes showing Karen Carpenter’s anorexic decline and breakdown, reenacted with Barbie dolls as unforgettable experimental art. My Man Godfrey (Gregory La Cava, 1936) Sparkling screwball with William Powell as everyone’s favourite tramp-turned-butler, stepping in to rescue the family of a dizzy heiress (Carole Lombard) from dysfunctional disaster.
As Somerset Maugham’s heartless blonde waitress, Mildred, she nails everything but the cockney accent. The Changeling (Peter Medak, 1980) Old-school haunted-house thrills done elegantly and well, with the virtue of an unassailably tremendous actor in the lead (George C.
Scott) and a fine control of portentous atmosphere.
Our dreamy introduction to Manderley is just about unimprovable. Life in a Day (Kevin Macdonald, 2011) Patched together from hundreds of video diaries submitted by amateur filmmakers around the world, Kevin Macdonald's global collage is remarkably fresh and stimulating, thanks mainly to regular jolts of human weirdness. Slacker (Richard Linklater, 1991) Here’s where it all started for Linklater, in a freewheeling debut which eavesdrops all over his hometown of Austin, Texas.