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The Champagne Safari -- Wealthy businessman, glamorous playboy, daring adventurer - Charles Bedaux.This acclaimed documentary tells the true story of Bedaux, who captured fame and fortune in the 1920's by inventing a new method for modernizing industry


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27 October 1995 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Jim Morris ... Narrator (voice)

Colm Feore ... Narrator (voice)
David Hemblen ... Charles Bedaux (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Bedaux ... Himself (archive footage)
Fern Bedaux ... Herself (archive footage)
Arno Breker ... Himself (archive footage)
Bilonha Chiesa ... Herself (archive footage)
Jim Christy ... Himself
Josefina Daly ... Herself (archive footage)
Sepp Dietrich ... Himself (archive footage)
Duchess of Windsor ... Herself (archive footage)
Duke of Windsor ... Himself (archive footage)

Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself (archive footage)
Timothy Findley ... Himself
Betty Hanley ... Herself
Charles Higham ... Himself

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert Ley ... Himself (archive footage)
Franz Medicus ... Himself (archive footage)
Bernard L. Montgomery ... Himself (archive footage)
Cecil Pickell ... Himself
Albert Speer ... Himself (archive footage)
Julius Streicher ... Himself (archive footage)
Frank Swannell ... Himself (archive footage)
William Legh Walsh ... Himself (archive footage)
Tommy Wilde ... Himself

Directed by
George Ungar 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Harold Crooks 
John Kramer 
Steve Lucas 

Produced by
George Ungar .... producer
John Walker .... producer
Original Music by
Normand Roger 
Cinematography by
Joan Hutton 
Douglas Kiefer 
Mathieu Roberts 
Kirk Tougas 
John Walker 
Film Editing by
John Kramer 
Sound Department
Jean-Pierre Joutel .... sound re-recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Floyd Crosby .... cinematographer: 1934 expedition footage
Other crew
Jackie Danylchuk .... production assistant
Jackie Danylchuk .... researcher
Sherman Grinberg .... archive source
Scott Lutes .... researcher
Charles Bedaux Jr. .... special thanks
Pierre Berton .... special thanks
Herbert G. Bigelow .... dedicatee
Herbert G. Bigelow .... special thanks
Jacques Bobet .... special thanks
Gresham Bradley .... special thanks
Floyd Crosby .... special thanks
Martin Duckworth .... special thanks
Svend-Erik Eriksen .... special thanks (as Svend-Erik Erikson)
Don Haig .... special thanks
Albert Kish .... special thanks
Colin Low .... special thanks
Ishu Patel .... special thanks
Smadar Peretz .... special thanks
Ted Pickell .... special thanks
Gerhard Weinberg .... special thanks (as Gerhard Wineberg)
Brenda Wineapple .... special thanks

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100 min
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A Product Of His Time, 21 February 2011
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

A bio of wealthy international industrialist Charles Bedaux, who lived in the first half of the twentieth century, "The Champagne Safari" uses old B&W home movies to recreate the man's dubious expedition into the wilds of northern British Columbia in the 1930s. The film, which also contains interviews with modern biographers, further tells of Bedaux's early life and his later business dealings with Nazi Germany.

Bedaux comes across in the film as extremely unsympathetic. His Canadian wilderness adventure consisted of a huge caravan of vehicles, manpower, horses, and supplies, including cases of champagne and exotic foods. His intent was to "conquer" one of the world's last frontiers. The expedition accomplished nothing of significance; it tore up the environment; and the film clearly shows cruelty to horses. Mostly, the adventure was a publicity stunt aimed at enhancing the man's ego and business interests.

Bedaux was an opportunist who apparently saw nothing wrong with an alliance with Nazi Germany, if it could enhance his power, wealth, and prestige. And in many parts of the film we see him and his wife hobnob with Europe's rich and famous during the 1930s and 40s, seemingly oblivious both to the dangers of Hitler and to the plight of Bedaux's own factory workers.

As a historical cinematic essay on wealthy businessmen, "The Champagne Safari" might have some value as to the mindset of entrepreneurs in the 1930s and 40s. Giving the man an enormous benefit of a doubt, we might conclude that Bedaux was simply a product of his time. But the film, if you'll pardon the pun, is not a pretty picture. And the sooner I can forget this guy, the better.

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