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The Land Beyond the Sunset (1912)

Unrated | | Short, Drama, Fantasy | 28 October 1912 (USA)
A young boy, opressed by his mother, goes on an outing in the country with a social welfare group where he dares to dream of a land where the cares of his ordinary life fade.

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Harold M. Shaw
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Martin Fuller Martin Fuller ... Joe, the Newsboy
Mrs. William Bechtel Mrs. William Bechtel ... Joe's Grandmother
Walter Edwin ... Manager of the Fresh Air Fund
Ethel Jewett ... Committee Woman
Elizabeth Miller Elizabeth Miller ... Committee Woman
Gladys Du Pell Gladys Du Pell ... Committee Woman
Margery Bonney Erskine Margery Bonney Erskine ... Committee Woman (as Mrs. Wallace Erskine)
Bigelow Cooper ... The Minister
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Storyline

Thanks to the Fresh Air Fund, a slum child escapes his drunken mother for a day's outing in the country. Upon arriving, he and the other children are told a story about a mythical land of no pain. Rather then return to the slum at day's end, the lad seeks to journey to that beautiful land beyond the sunset. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Short | Drama | Fantasy

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Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Terra Além do Pôr-do-Sol See more »

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Production Co:

Edison Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Made as a promotional short for the New York Fresh Air Fund, a charity whose purpose is to get poor kids out of the city for the summer and spend some time out in the country. The organization still exists. See more »

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A somewhat beautiful little movie
28 April 2012 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

A young impoverished boy wins the opportunity to spend a pleasant day out in the countryside. The under privileged children are told a fairy tale and this transforms the young lad. He imagines a land beyond the sunset. The film ends on a poetic enigmatic note.

The film is an unusual combination of social drama and otherworldly fantasy. It has to be said that these two seemingly opposing genres are combined here quite beautifully. There is definitely a social conscience here. The squalor of the city slums is compared to the country and it's clear that the film implies the latter is much better and purer. The fairy tale sequence itself is very nice, helped a great deal by the lilting Irish music accompanied by it in the version I saw and fitted with the images perfectly. The ending itself is somewhat ambiguous and open to different interpretations but this is one of the very reasons it is so effective and why this old film still feels so fresh.


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