Monday, May 20, 2013

The Legend of 1900: a very short review

Fifteen years late, we stumbled across The Legend of 1900.

I suspect that 1900 is the sort of movie that many people despise, and a few people really enjoy.

Count me on the "really enjoy" side. Just knowing that the lead character's name was

Danny Boodman T.D. Lemons Novecento
was probably enough to hook me.

Like any good fantasy, the movie is a parable: about war, about immigration, about society, and perhaps most of all, about the longing that drives people to travel. As 1900 says in a crucial monologue:

I think land people waste a lot of time wondering why. Winter comes and you can't wait for summer, summer comes and you never can wait for winter. That's why you never tire of traveling or chasing some place far away, where it's always summer.

I can't tell what sort of reaction you might have to this movie, but if you find yourself on a quiet evening looking for something just a bit unusual to watch, you might give The Legend of 1900 a try.

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