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Been a while since my last review...

This film was three hours across two discs, so I ended up watching it in two parts: with [livejournal.com profile] balatro on Friday, and the rest this evening.

It's based on the classic book by Jules Verne, and features a Victorian gentleman, Phileas Fogg, who bets some other gentlemen a substantial sum money that, with all the new-fangled steamships and trains covering the planet, that he can circumnavigate the world in 80 days. With his new valet, Passepartout (played by an apparently then-famous Mexican comic, Catinflas), he embarks on his challenge, and serieses of unfortunate events and wacky hi-jinx ensue, including interference from an inspector who believes he has robbed the Bank of England and wishes to delay him until he can be arrested.

As the audience, we are treated to a variety of locations ranging from Paris to Hong Kong to San Francisco, and a variety of methods of travel from train to hot air balloon to elephant to steamship.

Wikipedia indicates that the scope of the film was huge, employing over 100 locations, tens of thousands of extras, thousands of animals, and dozens of cameos by famous performers.

Unfortunately, to modern eyes, the scope of the film isn't quite as apparent: it doesn't feel as huge, especially compared to modern films. Some of the wonder of seeing foreign places is lost, and the pacing seems slow, and so I felt that film tends to drag in places. I also don't know how much of the foreign places is silly stereotype versus historical accuracy.

In the end, the film is fun, but long.
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