Friday, May 29, 2015

Cinema Cycle - Duran Duran


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE VIEWED: 05/29/2015

TITLE: Duran Duran

FORMAT: LaserDisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 52 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 12.7 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 1813.4 miles

SYNOPSIS:
Track List:
  1. Rio
  2. Planet Earth
  3. Lonely In Your Nightmare
  4. Careless Memories
  5. My Own Way
  6. Hungry Like The Wolf
  7. Nightboat
  8. Girls On Film (Unrated extended version with Nudity)
  9. Save A Prayer
  10. The Chauffeur
  11. Is There Something I Should Know?


CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Making anyone in their 50s feel really old.  Near the end of an era when hair, make-up, disco beats and songs of love and loss were king, before The Clash, Punk Rock and Grunge took over.

PROS AND CONS: I must admit, that I was a fan of Duran Duran back in 1978 when most of these videos were being made.  While my more liberal college peers were listening to The Clash and The Moody Blues, I was finding ways to get 45rpm versions of “Rio” and “Something I Should Know”.  

Most of this nostalgia trip was centered around the attitudes of the time.  This is music for youth with a bright future and longing for love, erotica and exotica.  The location shooting was groundbreaking for its day as were some of the themes of the videos.

This particular LaserDisc shows two different styles of the band.  Side one (tracks 1 - 5) show the younger bubble gum-like Duran Duran.  Side two, shows the more mature group with songs that are introspective and much better produced.  “Girls on Film” and “The Chauffeur” are exceptionally well done.


To read an overview of this project, check out the initial post for this series.

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.