Lent: Part 39

Around the World in 80 Days (1956) – I watched the special edition shown on Netflix, although I’m not sure how this differs from the original theatrical release. At just over three hours, it was a hell of a trudge that dragged in the middle, beginning, and in the end. Just because you have all that footage doesn’t mean you have to use it.

There were serious time management issues all around. If they had wasted less time in each location, they could have made broad racial stereotypes of so many more cultures around the world. The use of “Rule Britannia” as a triumphant theme was a nice imperialist touch, especially when they defeated the barbaric Indian death cult with some low-grade scares.

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