Dave LeCompte (really) (tsmaster) wrote,
Dave LeCompte (really)

Treadmill Theater: Trudging Through the Classics #9 - Sunrise (part 2)

So, the last we left our story, our farmer and his wife were getting their picture taken.

Next thing you know, they're at an amusement park. Like you do, right after you have your picture taken. The farmer was throwing balls at targets, but instead of dunking a clown, pigs were involved. Seriously, pigs. One of them got loose, causing all sorts of ruckus. The farmer, being a farmer (hey, that character development came in handy) managed to catch the pig. And all the people said "hooray".

Ok, let's go over the events of the day so far. Tried to kill the wife, check. Chased the wife to town, check. Bought flowers, check. Barged in on someone else's wedding, done. Picture, taken. Balls, thrown. Pig, recovered. That's everything on our list, time to go home. So, now in the middle of the night, let's sail back home.

You'll recall that it was a sailboat that started this whole thing. The farmer was going to drown his wife and make it look like an accident.

Maybe I shouldn't give away the ending, but I'm just saying that a local farmer, going for a sail, at night, in eel-infested waters - that's got to be bad.

But! The real surprise ending, which I don't mind giving away, is that NetFlix has the running time wrong. It's not 173 minutes, it's more like 94 minutes. That should make the movie less intimidating, if you were thinking of watching it. I'm not going to push you one way or another - it could be the best movie from 1927 that I've seen. I guess.

Your Bonus Feature

I'm trying to get an hour of treadmill time a day, and since Sunrise ended early, I filled in the remaining time with Episode 1 of The Electric Company. It's been a while since I've seen it, but it was nice to see the old gang back together - Bill Cosby, Morgan Freeman, Rita Moreno, Judy Graubart. (What's she been doing since then? Not much, I guess.)

The old favorites are there, like "do you like my new GIGGLES?" "you mean GOGGLES." "No, that's what people do when they have a sore throat." and Fargo North, Decoder. (Complete with his optospectrometer. Eat that, CSI.) And there was a bit where Bill Cosby was tending an ice cream cart, smoking a cigar. This was cutting edge educational television in 1971. I expect I'll be getting to Tom Lehrer singing about "silent e" soon enough, and Spider Man, not to mention the Short Circus. Oh, I get it now.

Coming Soon to this Theater

In chronological order of release date, not necessarily the order I'll get to them:

  1. The Birth of a Nation (1915)
  2. King Kong (1933)
  3. Wuthering Heights (1939)
  4. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
  5. A Place in the Sun (1951)
  6. Shane (1953)
  7. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
  8. Doctor Zhivago (1965)

Not far to go now.

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