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Home Movies (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 17 February 1940 (USA)

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Blunderer Robert Benchley is going to show some house guests the film he and his wife took on a vacation trip. He sets up the projector and the reel begins...and nothing good happens for Benchley from this point.

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A tongue-in-cheek look at the making and showing of home movies. An everyman sits with editing equipment amidst piles of loose film. He explains to us the ease and fun of putting home movies together. In a flashback, he takes us to a recent dinner party at his home where he narrated a showing of footage from a family trip to a lake. Parts are dull or out of focus, scenes run backwards, principles (such as a child) are obscured, heads are cropped by the top of the frame, and he and his wife differ over details. Will anyone be left when the show ends? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Included as a bonus on the Warner DVD of My Favorite Wife (1940). See more »

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Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.12 (1955) See more »

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Very dry....
23 April 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a Robert Benchley short. Benchley made a string of everyman films for Paramount and MGM and most showed him looking like a clueless dork. I have never been a huge fan of them though considering how many they made, somebody much have liked them.

"Home Movies" consists of Benchley showing off his boring home movies while pontificating ad nauseum about what a great filmmaker he was. However, time and again he got the shots all wrong and blames it on the machinery. He's such a fat-head that you really want this one to end and mercifully, it is a relatively short film. Additionally, the humor is practically nonexistent and there's little to commend in this one.


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