Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Cinema Cycle - Civilization: Episodes 1 & 2


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

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DATE REVIEWED: 03/07/2016


FORMAT: VHS

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 45 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 24.5 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 4328 miles

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SYNOPSIS: The early beginnings of Western European civilization are chronicled by “Lord Clark”.


CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER:   History, and how we got where we are.  The documentary as it was initially intended.  There is knowledge, and then there is the ability to communicate that knowledge.  

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PROS AND CONS:  This is probably one of the prize jewels of my media collection.  A little known documentary that was created at the dawn of the video documentary age.  

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Not so much a series or a collection as it is a college level course on western history and philosophy.  Considering when it was done, the logistics of filming this work is staggering.  It is all shot on location and is shot on film, not video.

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Once the viewer gets passed the jaw dropping visuals and tid-bits of intellect, you become inthralled by Kenneth Clark’s narration and writing and the easy way that he makes complex concepts seem so matter-of-fact.  If he is still living and in town, I am inviting this guy to dinner.  It will be the best dinner conversation of my life.


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.