Sunday, August 28, 2016

Cinema Cycle - Return to Everest


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

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DATE REVIEWED: 08/26/2016


FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 58 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 14.6 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 5002.4 miles

SYNOPSIS: Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay return to Mt. Everest to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of climbing the mountain.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: A feel good postcard showing Hillary’s as the benefactor of the Sherpa community and the reflection of how his conquest has shaped their lives.    

PROS AND CONS:  I loved the National Geographic specials as a child.  They showed me parts of the world that I had never known of prior.  While that whimsical recollections of youth is still here in the film, it is definitely showing its age.  

The film is a collection of home movies and recollections by Hillary outlining what he has done for the Sherpas and how his conquering of the highest peak on earth affected the small isolated community.  

It is apparent that this is not a well balanced documentary, but an attempt by Hillary (and the producer) to show Hillary and his accomplishments in a positive light.  The filmmakers only slightly touch on how Hillary’s exploits have adversely affected the self sustaining Sherpa community.  What they do show are long sequences of rural Sherpa 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.