Innocents Abroad is a delightful, lighthearted film about forty American tourists visiting ten European countries in a whirlwind two weeks. Globus Gateway Tours allowed Les Blank and his film crew complete and uncensored access to “European Horizons” tour #KH1009A. The tour closely follows the nineteenth century traditional “Grand Tour”, starting in London and visiting Amsterdam, Heidelberg, The Black Forest, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Venince, Rome, Pisa, Nice, Avignon, and Paris. The film chronicles a diverse group of Americans experiencing Europe for the first time, struggling with and laughing about cultural differences, and seeing ancient sites and legendary cities, all led by witty and inimitable Englishman Mark Tinney. For some of the tourists, this is their first venture out into the world; for others, it is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.
Innocents Abroad takes an amusing look at European and American stereotypes of each other and also examines the validity of high speed, high traffic twentieth century mass tourism. It is a glimpse into an important industry which is vital to the European economy, but which has also taken a very real toll on the continent, both culturally and ecologically.
Innocents is not a typical travelogue, but an exploration of the experience of travel, celebrated with Les Blank’s perceptive and unmistakable touch. As with his highly-acclaimed Burden of Dreams and the playful Gap-Toothed Women, he achieves human interest and sociological insight and, at the same time, immensely entertains.
1.63GB | 1h 23m | 706×529 | mkv