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The Land Beyond the Sunset (1912)

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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Martin Fuller ...
Joe, the Newsboy
Mrs. William Bechtel ...
Joe's Grandmother
Walter Edwin ...
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)
Bigelow Cooper ...
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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28 October 1912 (USA)  »

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Страна по ту сторону заката  »

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Made as a promotional short for the New York Fresh Air Fund, a charity whose purpose is to get poor kids out of the city for the summer and spend some time out in the country. The organization still exists. See more »

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The Ending Alone Makes it a Must See
17 August 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Land Beyond the Sunset, The (1912)

*** (out of 4)

This is a rather interesting and sadly forgotten film from Edison. Poor boy Joe (Martin Fuller) is abused by his alcoholic grandmother so he gets on a train where a group of under privileged children are going on a picnic. At the picnic the teacher tells Joe a story about a kid who was put in a boat and sailed off for a fairy land beyond the sunset. I won't ruin how the film ends but you really have to give it credit for having the guts to end like it does. Again, I won't ruin anything but the ending certainly makes one think as there are several things that might have happened and it's up to the viewer to make up their own mind. I think it's fair to say that this Edison film was trying to copy the work of D.W. Griffith as it certainly has a political message about the poor but it also has the view that happiness can be found in the country, which are two things that the Biograph director made a lot of films about. For the most part I found this piece to be interesting for a number of reasons. One is the before mentioned ending. Another is how it shows the poor living and the effect on Joe after seeing the country, which is seen as a much more pleasant and safe place. I also enjoyed the rather surreal nature of how the film told the "story" of Joe in such a way where it really did seem like a fairy tale. Fuller is very good in his role as the poor boy who dreams of something better.


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