Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Cinema Cycle - Panic in the Streets



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


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DATE REVIEWED: 08/31/2016




FORMAT: Laserdisc


TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 36 minutes


DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 23 miles


TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 5050.3 miles


SYNOPSIS: A Federal Health Inspector and skeptical cop attempt to track down the carrier of pneumonic plague in 1950s New Orleans


CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Righteous, competent men combat incompetence, ignorance, fear and greed in an attempt to save a city.


PROS AND CONS:  I didn’t know what to expect here and was surprised at what I found.  A very well done noir type crime drama with a stellar cast.  


The film is dark, shot in black and white and often at night, it is a moody work.  However, you get to see 1950’s New Orleans in all it’s glory.  The Big Easy never looked so good.


There are a few minor issues with the plot and some of the character development, but Widmark, Douglas and Palance are so much fun to watch you really don’t notice.




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.