Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Cinema Cycle - Kind Hearts and Coronets


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

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DATE REVIEWED: 01/11/2017


FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 46 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 24 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 6016.6 miles

SYNOPSIS: The distant heir to an English Dukedom tries to assassinate those that are in line before him.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Pre-War English society and the understated genre of early British filmmaking.  An Alec Guinness showcase.

PROS AND CONS:  An unexpected treasure.  An engrossing film that is told so subtly and with satire that it moves you along rather quickly even though some of the scenes are painfully long.

This is not a tour-de-force for Alec Guinness, but it shows his acting skills well and he pulls off the eight characters that he plays competently.

I was on the fence if this was supposed to be a comedy or a drama.  There are understated comedy elements, but these were equaled by some rather disturbing matter-of-fact violent scenes (there are 9 murders in the film)


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.