Monday, November 9, 2015

Cinema Cycle - BoxCar Bertha


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

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DATE VIEWED: 11/09/2015


FORMAT: LaserDisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 29 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 19 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 3357 miles

SYNOPSIS: The life of a young woman in 1920s Arkansas is chronicled as she associates with union activists and train robbers.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER:   The 1920s in America were bad, for several reasons.  All great filmmakers have to start somewhere.  This is somewhere.

PROS AND CONS: Not a great film.  But it has glimpses of greatness in it.  Produced by Roger Corman and directed by what had to be a young Martin Scorsese, it paints an accurate portrait of the 1920s depression era in America.

While it looks rough for a Hollywood feature by today's standards, viewed now, it almost seems like a PBS drama, with a lot of gun violence.  This film does not flow very well and some scenes seem out of place or edited in at the last minute.  

One interesting note.  The Carradines were a sort of Hollywood Dynasty once upon a time and you get to see both father and son (David & Robert) acting together in the same scenes.  The ending of the film is a tad bit long and violent.  


To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

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.