A teacher arrives to El Romeral, a little town where he must face many cons to teach, many persons who doesn't want that children be educate to continuing exploiting the people under their ambitious plans.
When Phileas Fogg is challenged to prove his contention that a man can go around the world in 80 days, he bets his entire fortune and leaves with a new butler on a world tour. This Victorian adventure has a kicker, the bank of England has been robbed. Is this Fogg's way of avoiding arrest? The detective following him believes so, and his butler is becoming unsure. Written by
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(Mag-optical) (35 mm prints) (1956)|Mono
(optical) (35 mm prints) (re-release prints)|70 mm 6-Track
(70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)|4-Track Stereo
(Perspecta Sound encoding) (35 mm magnetic prints) (1956)
This was the third Best Picture Oscar winner shot in a widescreen format. (The very first Best Picture winner in history, Wings (1927), contained some widescreen sequences.) See more »
When Fogg finds Passepartout at the circus in Yokohama, Passepartout races to him causing the collapse of a human pyramid. The top man of the pyramid grabs the canvas background, pulling it down, revealing the back of the stage and lighting. That type of stage support structure was not used in Japan at that time, and the overhead lights are modern lamps that were not available in 1872. See more »
[to Phineas Fogg, as he is leaving the saloon]
You still in a hurry? I thought the English were calm, dreamy sort of people.
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The story is then recapped in 6 minutes of simple, minimally animated cartoon images, allowing the names of the many cast members who each appeared in just one scene to be shown in relation to that scene. Some of the crew credits (or who did what) are interspersed with the cast credits. See more »
WARNING: These comments may reveal portions of the film's plot.
With David Niven as Phineas Fogg, you will find that this version of the Jules Verne story is almost as broad as the subject of the film -- "around the world."
As is often said, they don't make them like this anymore. According to the brief description in AMC's viewer guide, the film was shot on location in 13 countries with 75,000 costumes and 70,000 extras -- and it shows! Look at the list of credited and uncredited actors in the IMDB and you'll be hard pressed to find a film with more leading and character actors. Just spotting the faces of the classic actors in the film is a game in itself.
Another aspect that will show dramatically is that some sequences are incredibly camp -- they are obviously cut from travelog movies of the day. And in many cases where the footage was shot new, it still has that flair.
Where the film succeeds best is when it goes for the comedic bits. Watch the scene in the saloon out west, where Mr. Fogg's valet, Passepartout runs into Red Skelton as a drunk while listening to Frank Sinatra play the piano!
Overall, most will find the film a bit long. The many scenes that are shot from the point of view of the actors simply "watching the scenery go by" drag the film. Even some of the action scenes run long. When Passepartout must fight a bullfight early in the film, the fight goes on and on and on. Hang on for the funny bits in the film -- and the cameos -- and you can't go wrong. Enjoy the scenery!
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