The stunning cinematography, locations and who's who roster of 1950's Hollywood are impressive, despite the outmoded ethnic stereotyping and whitewashing. But having watched 3 versions of Verne's story back-to-back, I have to say that the 1989 TV adaptation starring Pierce Brosnan, Julia Nickson and Eric Idle had more emotional investment and chemistry, especially in the fledgling romance between Fogg and Aouda.
Charming epic comedy with gratifying special appearances by some cinema legends. David Niven plays the quintessential english gentleman, but Cantinflas is the one who steals the show, as he always did in his native mexico. great entertainment.
Probably the 2nd least deserving film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. I believe the top honor belongs to 'The Greatest Show on Earth'. This is nothing but puff and fluff and cameos. It's a huge shame that 'A Face in the Crowd' wasn't nominated because it is a classic. Too cynical for the times.
Un classique du film d'aventures avec une extraordinaire pléiade de vedettes internationales, réalisé en écran large, avec le procédé "Cinérama" qui enchantera petits et grands. Distraction et dépaysement assurés... www.cinefiches.com
Me cago el hecho de que Cantinflas es mero adorno, es pendejeado y humillado por un pedantisimo e insoportable David Niven. El mundo es reflejado como una pasarela de las Naciones Unidas para el entretenimiento "cultural" de las "masas".
Le pongo dos estrellas por el inolvidable cameo de Peter Lorre.
2.5 stars. Not good but watchable and sometimes fun, in the same genre as the spoof “Casino Royale” of 1967, though more deliberate and less giddy. Cantinflas is the main asset. I love Victor Young’s score.