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Across the World With Mr. and Mrs. Martin Johnson (1930) DVD

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Across the World With Mr. and Mrs. Martin Johnson (1930)

Director:

James Leo Meehan (as J. Leo Meehan)

Stars:

Martin E. Johnson, Osa Johnson, Dick Douglas
 
Advertised as Mr. and Mrs. Martin Johnson's first talkie travelogue, Across the World was actually a "disk lecture," filmed silent but shown with a pre-recorded narration. This time, the adventure-seeking Johnsons offer fascinating glimpses of African cannibals, headhunters and lion hunters. In their usual manner, Martin and Osa "hoke up" the action by suggesting that they're in more danger than was actually the case. As a framing device, Mr. and Mrs. J. are seen in the comfort of their den, screening the film for a gathering of their friends. The couple's next film, Congorilla, would be the first to employ sound on film rather than an after-the-fact narration.

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  1. Hokey but Marvelous 4 Star Review

    Posted by on Aug 20th 2018

    The set up for the Johnsons' showing their travel films at a party is staged and silly, but the footage they have of uncivilized tribes in some Pacific islands you won't find anywhere else. The animal scenes in Africa are amazing, and some are beautiful. Despite the hunter mentality prevalent at the time, the 1920's, the couple show a respect for the lives of the creatures they film. Get it and stick it out past the opening silliness.


  2. An Interesting Study in Ethnocentricity 3 Star Review

    Posted by on Aug 19th 2018

    I was interested in this because Elizabeth Bishop mentions these explorers in her poem "In The Waiting Room." So it was fascinating to view it in that light.



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