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The Bivouac of the Dead, 12 January 2007
Author: krorie from Van Buren, Arkansas
Maybe "Wandering Here and There" should have been entitled "Wandering
Aimlessly Here and There," for there is no rhyme or reason for the
journey except to fill Americans with patriotic zeal for the crusade in
Europe against the Nazis and the war in the Pacific to annihilate the
Japanese warlords during the final months of that conflagration. Still,
the camera work is breathtaking and narrator James A. FitzPatrick's
voice as enthralling as ever, even with its nasal twang. The chosen
spots are still interesting though time has wrought many changes since
One of America's most noted natural wonders, Crater Lake in Oregon, one of America's most famous man-made sites, the world's largest open-pit copper mine in Utah, the boyhood home of one of America's most gifted authors, Mark Twain, in Hannibal, Missouri, on the mighty Mississippi, log rolling in the state of Washington, and the grand finale featuring a tour of Arlington National Cemetery highlighting the Grave of the Unknown Soldier with the apropos closing poem, "The Bivouac of the Dead," written by Theodore O'Hara in memory of the Kentucky troops killed in the Mexican War read with gusto by Fitzpatrick make up the contents of the film. Glorious Technicolor always made the Traveltalk series a step above what most moviegoers were used to seeing at the time.
Though the World War II nimbus is now absent when watching the Traveltalk, the beauty and wonder of the five scenic vistas hold the viewer's interest and at times still tug a little on the heartstrings.
0 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
TravelTalks, 22 May 2011
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY
Wandering Here and There (1944)
** 1/2 (out of 4)
This TravelTalks entry in pretty much unlike any other one that I've seen as instead of taking a look at one single place, this short jumps around to various locations. While WWII was going on, James Fitzpatrick wasn't allowed to travel freely around the globe so he stayed in America shooting footage. This limitation might be the reason for this film as it really does feel as if the footage here was shot for perhaps its own film but not enough footage was gathered so they just threw everything into one film. We track around the United States looking at various things including Craker Lake, a copper pit in Utah, Mark Twain's birthplace as well as a site dedicated to Huck Finn, a rolling log tournament as well as the Arlington National Cemetery. None of these places are given too much time and there's really no reason as to when their footage is shown. There's certainly not any type of story trying to be told with this entry so it really doesn't have the same feel as your typical TravelTalks entry. With that said, as you'd expect the nice looking Technicolor is on hand and the opening shots in Oregon look incredibly good.
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