Around the World in 80 Days

Around the World in 80 Days
Adventure, Comedy, Family

1956

Director: Michael Anderson, John Farrow (uncredited) Cast: David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine, Finlay Currie, Robert Morley, Noel Coward, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, Harcourt Williams, Charles Boyer, Evelyn Keyes, José Greco, Gilbert Roland, Cesar Romero, Alan Mowbray, Robert Newton, Cedric Hardwicke, Melville Cooper, Reginald Denny, Charles Coburn, Peter Lorre, George Raft, Red Skelton, Marlene Dietrich, John Carradine, Frank Sinatra, Beatrice Lillie, Hermione Gingold, Glynis Johns, Jack Oakie, Victor McLaglen, Edmund Lowe, Andy Devine, Joe E. Brown, Edward R. Murrow, Mike Mazurki

Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Cinematography, Colour; Best Film Editing; Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture

Also Nominated For: Best Director (Michael Anderson); Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Colour; Best Costume Design, Colour

I First Saw In: 2015

Synopsis: A Victorian Englishman makes a bet that, with the new steamships and railways, he can travel around the world in eighty days.

Did You Know? There were 74,685 different costumes featured in the film.

Quotables: PHILEAS FOGG: Steward, my Thursday meal has always been, and will always be: hot soup, fried sole, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, baked potatoes, suet pudding, and treacle.

And now a Word from the Guise:
A film that is supposed to be culturally enlightening has got to be the most xenophobic film in history. It posits the rich, white men as saviours, superior to all else, and parades everyone else as barbaric, uncivilised simpletons, in desperate need of the white man’s help. What’s worse is that almost all of the speaking roles are played by white actors. The one that specifically comes to mind is Aouda, an Indian princess played by Shirley MacLaine.

With such subtle propaganda, we teach our children, very early in their lives, to have preconceived biases and fears of people that are different from them. We teach them that they are, therefore, inherently superior to these people, and that we should pity their “primitive” cultures. Maybe I’m overthinking this lighthearted family flick, but it’s these charades of cultural stereotypes that leads the ignorant further away from enlightenment and erudition.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233