Routine Pleasures (1986)

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What do a club devoted to model trains and the legendary film critic and painter Manny Farber have in common? These two story lines intersect in an attempt to recreate the past.


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25 November 2016 | westerfieldalfred
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| Well worth watching
If you're a railfan or model railroader you will love this film. How it has escaped mention among the fraternity is a mystery to me. Gorin intersperses action at a model railroad club with descriptions of several paintings of Manny Farber. The film has a unifying theme, the 1930 Warners' Other Mens' Women, one of the best railroad films ever made. One of the paintings is titled "Have a Chew on Me", the catch phrase of the lead character. A theater marquee on the layout pushes the film and a snip of James Cagney in the film shows why he became a star.

The model railroad is the star of the film with the operators as supporting characters. There is no showing off among the members, just routine bantering during operating sessions. Great care was made to capture the action and the love of members for the layout and the prototype. The layout is quite complicated and has excellent detail. Model railroaders will want to watch it over and over again to experience all of it.

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