Discussion of old movies and the culture that made them.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
National Train Day - intro
This is to announce our celebration next week of National Train Day, Saturday, May 7th.
Not an official holiday, you say? Only because I am not running the world, my friends.
Oh, there so many fun things to do on the train. You can eat at a table, with a tablecloth, with real plates and cutlery. Like a civilized person. Really.
You can mistake your berth for somebody else’s.
You can kiss somebody in the corridor.
You can watch the names of famous cities fly by in movie subtitles.
You can eat some more.
You can view this magnificent country in a way you just can’t by plane or on the interstate. To celebrate our movie connections with trains, we’ll have a look at “Union Pacific” (1939) on Monday, and “The Narrow Margin” (1952) on Thursday. The first film takes us to the beginning of the transcontinental railroad when the country was united, east and west. The second film takes us to the final years of the glamorous heyday of rail travel, in one of the most suspenseful cops and robbers movies you’ll ever see.