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Out of This World (I) (1954)

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An angel and a devil try to persuade a borderline wholesale bakery salesman to their side.

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16 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With what was at the time of its a production a record budget, Out Of This World set the bar for Bread Salesman Ethics shorts. Visually brilliant with a haunting soundtrack reminiscent of Citizen Cane and Gone With The Wind, OOTW was way ahead of its time.

The role of Bill Dudley, A Mighty Good Wholesale Bakery Salesman, was originally to be offered to many of Hollywoods A-list of leading men. However, it was later thought that the lead role should go to an unknown.

The role of Red, was one of the darkest portrayals of deviltry that the big screen had ever seen or would see until The Exocist in 1973. The moral ambiguities that Red's character brings to the fore are a dichotomy of Western pseudo religious sub characterizations, and should give the viewer much to ponder. Red's antagonist in this Hurculean battle of good versus evil is White.

The role of White has been called the greatest performance in the history of film and its hard to argue against that. Her gentleness and compassion are her greatest gifts. Her harp playing has been known to make men cry. White courageously centers this behemoth offering of cellulite firmly in the camp of Goodness and shows us what greater virtue can be gained in the world of Baked Goods Deliverable's.

The writhing twisting interplay between Red and White is at the heart of this wonderful short. The moral implications are stark, yet sublime and force the viewer to decide on their own such questions that philosophers and theologians have been trying to decipher since the beginnings of time.

I think, therefore I am, yet how to best display these loaves to increase sales?

No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place, but if I show up late for work will my boss notice?

Questions the Gods themselves would have trouble answering. And so Mr. Dudley is led on a life changing adventure where he reaches his moment, his beginning, his end, his awakening. And like the Buddah before him, the implications are undeniable.

There was no category for "Short Film" in the 1954 Acadamy Awards and thats too bad for this penultimate offering surly would have swept the field. Go out and see this film. NOW. You won't regret it. And while your out there, please grab me a loaf of whole wheat.


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