Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Cinema Cycle - Wings


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

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DATE REVIEWED: 12/21/2016

TITLE: Wings

FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 2 hours 24 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 32.1 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 5868.8 miles

SYNOPSIS: Two young American boys go off to fly in WWI, one dies, the other gets the girl.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: History, really.  An interesting movie to watch.  There were no special effects in 1926, it is all real.

PROS AND CONS: I am a big silent movie buff.  There are epic silent films from the 1920s that have to be seen to be believed.  Films like King Vidor’s “The Crowd”, or “Intolerance”.  This film ranks up with those and won the first Best Film Oscar.

The pace here is much slower and melodramatic than current cinema, but this is interspersed with over-the-top actions scenes with literal casts of thousands.  This is also a gritty film, with some scenes that are quite gruesome.  Even though he is only onscreen for about five minutes, a very young Gary Cooper pretty much steals this film.

Since there is no dialog, all actual dialog is in the form of title cards, many of which are works of art in their own right.  There were no special effects back in the day, so you get to see a lot of real airplanes crashed into things and some really big explosions.


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.