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A local guide bemoans the modern mass tourists who have only 3 hours in Florence and can merely glimpse what the city has to offer.
In the past, she continues, the tourists had 3 full days in Florence, and they could see the city in depth in 3 days! The filmmakers themselves are denigrating tourists be- cause they are the ones who select the images, record the deprecating remarks, and edit the lilm.
The satire is there in the film, part of the views of the producers. It comes through. But there is more. Tinney has been 15 years on the job, is very experienced, and is featured in the film. He is shown speaking to the tourists directly in his role as guide and also speaking to the camera, as an outside commentator on it all, making observations about the nature of tour- ism and about tourists.
He mostly speaks in cliches and stereotypes, but his position about the tourists is ambivalent. On one hand, he too denigrates tourists, most strikingly when he tells stories about tourists on previous tours who were particularly helpless, ignorant, or naive.
He makes jokes at the expense of his clients, which is at times condescending. On the other hand, occasionally, he is sympathetic and understanding of the predicament of tour- ists.
Tinney explains that tourists pay for the bus tour because they want a safe, comfortable, easy trip, with no hassles, but what they give up is contact with the locals, which some might claim is what Europe is all about. One older couple, lost in Rome, forgot the name of their hotel.
It was quite an experi- ence for them, a touristic nightmare. One man stated they could have rented a car and driven themselves, but if you see something, he continued, there would be no one there to tell you about it. As for backpacking through Europe, he pre- ferred the conveniences of the guided tour.
As this writer watched the film, he began to feel that tourism itself is like a movie, where all the participants are like actors, and that the tour guide, the tourists, and the locals all have their parts to play.
The waiter and the tourists were just acting out their assigned roles.
The best part of Innocents Abroad, however, shows how individual tourists construct their own meanings based upon their own life experiences. The FILMS IN REVIEW meaning of tourism for the tourists is not out there a priori, in the itinerary or in the sites, but rather depends upon the meaning that the tourists bring to their travel experiences as they occur during the course of the tour.
I mean, the memories of 45 years ago are still very vivid in my mind. The Innocents Abroad is a travel diary written by the humorous, controversial, say-it-like-it-is author, Mark Twain. In a time when novel ideas are trendy, a great pleasure excursion is announced.
The cruise promises an enviable adventure to be remembered by only those select passengers who are privileged enough to attend. For Mark Twain, the trip turns out to be a microscopic study into the nature of human beings.
This includes, not only his ship companions, to whom he grows unnaturally close, but the people of cultures foreign to his own. Twain muses on his own American arrogance, his ignorance of foreign customs, the even greater ignorance of his travel companions and the grandness of it all. The excursion, however, is not as glossy as the original program advertises. Each feature, in reality, contains a flaw or slight misrepresentation that Twain is cordial enough to point out as he passes it.
The experience is told from a very realistic, and sometimes sarcastic and funny, viewpoint. Mark Twain is brutally honest about each detail and is not afraid to go against the grain of popular opinion. During portions of the trip, he becomes understandably fatigued, and at other times, downright frustrated.