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Mysterious Castles of Clay (1978)

Punctuating the skyline of the African plains with their distinctive silhouettes, giant termite mounds support an abundance of life, and not all of it invertebrate. The Oscar-nominated ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Punctuating the skyline of the African plains with their distinctive silhouettes, giant termite mounds support an abundance of life, and not all of it invertebrate. The Oscar-nominated Mysterious Castles of Clay provides a dramatic and enthralling insight into the diverse ecosystem these towering monoliths help sustain.

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An incredible film experience
19 February 2001 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I saw this film on TV soon after it was made and it has stayed with me vividly for twenty years. The multidimensional life of a termite hive organism and its ensuing ecosystem relationships are breathtakingly splendid. The gladiatorial battle-to-the-death between an ant scout and a termite interceptor has to be one of the most dramatic moments ever recorded on film. I wish I could obtain a copy of this film but thusfar have not found it for sale.


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