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The Land Beyond the Sunset (1912)

Unrated | | Short, Drama, Fantasy | 28 October 1912 (USA)
A young boy, opressed by his mother, goes on an outing in the country with a social welfare group where he dares to dream of a land where the cares of his ordinary life fade.

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Complete credited cast:
Martin Fuller ...
Joe, the Newsboy
Mrs. William Bechtel ...
Joe's Grandmother
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Manager of the Fresh Air Fund
Ethel Jewett ...
Committee Woman
Elizabeth Miller ...
Committee Woman
Gladys Du Pell ...
Committee Woman
Margery Bonney Erskine ...
Committee Woman (as Mrs. Wallace Erskine)
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The Minister
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Thanks to the Fresh Air Fund, a slum child escapes his drunken mother for a day's outing in the country. Upon arriving, he and the other children are told a story about a mythical land of no pain. Rather then return to the slum at day's end, the lad seeks to journey to that beautiful land beyond the sunset. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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A Terra Além do Pôr-do-Sol  »

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One of the 50 films in the 4-disk boxed DVD set called "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. This film was preserved by the George Eastman House. See more »

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dreaming of a better life
29 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate to see this rarity on the big screen at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, back in early 1987, on a double bill supporting the 1928 Russian Revolution potboiler 'The Red Dance', directed by Raoul Walsh (if my memory is correct, the program was presented by historian William K. Everson, during his regular annual visit to the theater).

'The Land Beyond the Sunset' is an early (1912) one-reeler about an underprivileged orphan who finds peace of mind at a charity picnic. The film is short and sweet, with an eloquent ending completely out of character for the usually prosaic Edison studios.


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