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rafalopez2008's avatar


(removed by mod: please post in English)
13 years 12 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


Not sure how Around the World in 80 Days won the Oscar for Best film of 1956 considering what else was nominated (and not even nominated), but it's a two-hour movie disguised as a three-hour epic, with longueurs only sometimes punctuated by fun cameos and lots of change of scenery. When it started with a talking head telling us how important Jules Verne's work was, with a long reuse of Méliès' From the Earth to the Moon, I thought uh-oh. But at three hours, might we have a definitive adaptation? No. While it's okay to use Verne's Five Days in a Balloon to make the journey more fantastical (it is NOT in THIS novel), we start with Fogg and Passepartout drifting over the French Alps and landing in... Spain?! The least they could have done is get the geography right. After that, the narrative gets back on track, and even some of the longer travelogue elements look like they were shot with a (then-unknown) Imax experience in mind. But while it has its moments and ends where it should, Around the World is adventure film as variety show, spending its time on dance numbers, scenery, and bull fights to give the audience a cultural tour of the planet. That's a fine if now dated idea, it's just unfortunate that it takes unbearably long breaks from the story to do so.
4 years 3 months ago
Ebbywebby's avatar


The worst thing about this film may be the score, with all its unsubtle, gimmicky quotes. "Oh, Americans are onscreen," the composer says. "I should insert a quick line from Yankee Doodle Dandy, tee hee." The whole film's like that.
1 year 10 months ago
IreneAdler's avatar


Not bad
9 years 8 months ago
Forzelius's avatar


drags a bit but at least there are several very unexpected cameos, all in all not bad
2 years 5 months ago
danisanna's avatar


A tad bit on the long side but amusing and fun!
9 years 5 months ago
Camille Deadpan's avatar

Camille Deadpan

Dietrich! "You don't understand. I'm looking for my man." - "So am I." :)
10 years 12 months ago
Dieguito's avatar


A fantasy epic, great for kids, interesting for adults
12 years 9 months ago
ViniciusOG's avatar


The greatest supporting cast in the history of cinema!
13 years 6 months ago
onuryz's avatar


i agree. a 2 hour long is fine. this one is toooo long!
11 years 5 months ago
greenhorg's avatar


Mediocre and over-long. My pick for 1956 would've been Kubrick's The Killing, or Baby Doll.
12 years 6 months ago
ClassicLady's avatar


Wonderful seeing all the cameos and associations with those actors and actresses. Really fun to spot them all.
12 years 3 months ago
neocowboy's avatar


Could easily be edited down to 2 hours.
12 years 1 month ago
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