Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Cinema Cycle - Elmer Gantry


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

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DATE REVIEWED: 10/03/2016

TITLE: Elmer Gantry

FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 2 hours 31 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 33.3 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 5322 miles

SYNOPSIS: A turn of the century salesman discovers he has a gift for enthralling the masses with religion.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER:   Is it real or is it fake?  What is the line between evangelism and hucksterism.  It is more blurred than you might think.

PROS AND CONS:  Another film that stands the test of time.  It lasts almost two and a half hours, but I never noticed.  The story sweeps you along with so many twists and turns that it is over before you know it.

Lancaster won an Oscar for his portrayal of Elmer Gantry and with good cause.  He defines the roll and pushes his character to the edge of believability before throttling back.  

The other interesting part of this film is the music.  It is good old down home revival meeting music, the likes of which are not found much anymore.  Think of “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou” from the 1960s.  


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.