Monday, November 7, 2016

Cinema Cycle - Hearts and Minds


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

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DATE REVIEWED: 11/07/2016


FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 52 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 27 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 5465.7 miles

SYNOPSIS: The Vietnam War as it was, not as the history books might lead you to believe.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: A primer for Apocalypse Now.  The war as few alive today can remember it, unless you were there.

PROS AND CONS:  An unexpected treasure in my Laserdisc collection.  A documentary that is extensive, somewhat balanced and very gut wrenching.

While reading the liner notes for this disc I discovered that this film was steeped in controversy when it was released.  The first documentary from a major studio that addressed the underlying issues of the war.  It appears to have been shunned by the distributors despite winning and Best Documentary Oscar.  

More than anything else, this 40 year old film brings into sharp focus just how much things haven’t really changed regarding American foreign policy.  

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.