November 13th, 2008

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Long Voyage

I've been watching all the movies that have won the Oscar for Best Picture, and the next up was the 1956 winner, Around the World in 80 Days, directed by Michael Anderson, starring David Niven and Cantiflas. It was the only movie produced by iconoclastic visionary Michael Todd and was the first sound adaptation of the Jules Verne book. This script was by S.J. Perelman, famous his work with the Marx Brothers.

The movie is a three-hour extravaganza of colorful cultural sequences intended to dazzle the viewer. To modern audiences, however, the film feels dated and slow.

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