Spurred by house guests Bob Sandstrom and Karlene Sandstrom leafing through his scrap book and asking about photographs in it, Sid Laverents begins to tell his life story. He begins with the emigration of his British maternal grandparents and Danish paternal grandparents to the United States in the late nineteenth century. He learned later in life that his paternal grandparents took the last name Laverents solely because they didn't like their own family name - which Sid does not know - and liked the way Laverents sounded. Both the Laverents and Davis clans eventually settled in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where Sid's parents, Paul Laverents and Edith Laverents née Davis, met, married, and in 1908 had their first child who would be Sid. Sid and his family moved often in his early years - from Cheyenne, to Willows, California, to Pocatello, Idaho, to Indian River City, Florida, to various locales in Colorado, to Tampa, Florida - as Paul and his brother, Art, chased various business dreams, some...Written by
Filmmaker Sid Laverents made THE SID SAGA over the course of a few years and after it was completed he would revisit the project and add bits and pieces. It's really hard to judge a film like this because on one hand you have to admire the man for wanting to get his history down on film. There's no question that this is a pretty well made feature but at the same time you have to ask yourself if you really want to know about the life of Sid Laverents and spend so much time with what's basically a mix between a bio pic and home movies.
THE SID SAGA PART 1 talks about the pre-Sid days as he goes over how his family ended up coming to America and the various issues his grandparents faced in this country. He then goes onto cover subjects like his parents meeting, the various places he lived, his first girlfriend and everything leading up to him heading off to New York City.
Again, this is really a hard film to judge and especially recommend. I'm going to say film buffs are going to find it interesting and there's no question those wanting to know more about Laverents are going to downright love it. There's also no question that many people will watch this and want to copy their own version for their family to see but I think it's safe to say that most wouldn't turn out this good. I'll at least give the director credit in that he kept me entertained throughout the nearly 30-minute running time and even though I went into the film not really caring about all his history, by the end I was excited to see what came next.
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