Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Cinema Cycle - Taras Bulba



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


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DATE VIEWED: 12/2/2015


TITLE: Taras Bulba


FORMAT: LaserDisc


TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 2 hours 7 minutes


DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 28.1 miles


TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 3581.6 miles


SYNOPSIS: The relationship of a rebel father and his educated son is tested during the war for Cossack Independence from Poland.


CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Every era has its Hells Angels.  When you go chasing women outside your cultural group, nothing good ever happens.   


PROS AND CONS: A very good film considering it’s age and subject matter.  While most Americans would not be that interested in a story about Cossacks and Poles in the late 1800s, if you tell the story right and film it well, you can make them interested.


This is an over-the-top production with thousands of extras and hundreds of horses. The story is interesting and not as predictable as you might think.  


Yul Brynner eats up the scenery in his role as Taras, but that can’t be said for the star with top billing, which is Tony Curtis.  The other star is the scenery and the sweeping score by Franz Waxman.  A good way to spend 2 hours learning about history in Eastern Europe.



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.