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Krippendorf's Tribe (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  27 February 1998 (USA)
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An anthropologist creates a fictitious lost New Guinea tribe using his family members to cover-up for his mis-use of grant moneys.

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A university professor is paid to find the last undiscovered tribe of New Guinea. When he fails to find the tribe, he comes home, and rather than admitting that he's failed, he gives a lecture about the Shelmikedmu tribe (named after his children: Shelly, Mike, and Edmund) and then has his family dress like "Shelmikedmus," so that he can film them as proof of his discovery. Written by Daniel Aubrey White <b_white@bc.sympatico.ca>

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Rated PG-13 for sexual humor | See all certifications »
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27 February 1998 (USA)  »

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A Tribo dos Krippendorf  »

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$3,316,377 (USA) (27 February 1998)

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$7,514,883 (USA) (24 April 1998)
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Last cinema film of 'Zakes Mokaes'. See more »

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James Krippendorf: Another brandy, Professor Micelli?
Veronica Micelli: [drunk] I'd don't think I should.
[She tilts the bottle to fill her glass]
Veronica Micelli: No, just a little bit more.
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Written by Al Stillman (as Al Stillman) and Margarita Lecuona
Performed by Les Baxter
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Smooth Deception? Hardly. But An Enjoyable Endeavor All The Same.
13 May 2007 | by (.: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.) – See all my reviews

Richard Dreyfus. An anthropologist creates a fake New Guinea tribe to further his career.

This sounded like it would be painful to watch, and in some places, it is just that. but overall, this bears an endearing tone, and a genuine humor, which consistently colors the work, throughout.

Dreyfus's character, Krippendorf, is a frantic/manic anthropologist who tries to seem as though he is calm and collected, on the surface of the deception he has laid. Dreyfus is a phenomenal actor, who needs another Jaws/Close Encounters to revitalize his career. I wonder if Spielberg is listening? His performances come off as direct projections from the heart, no matter how low the budget they allow him, or what horrendous costars they saddle him with.

This work features a quirky story line with quirky subplots, and quirky characters, but none as enigmatic as Krippendorf himself.

This is a great way to spend a couple of hours, but as a Disney movie? Disney rewrites known history to suit its ends, and usually does so with great panache, but the return to ethnocentrism is potentially damaging to the field of anthropology. However, if you can suspend belief, which you must do to enjoy any Disney movie, then you may find the enjoyment from it that I did, but as usual, I'm in the minority.

It rates a 7.1/10 from...

the Fiend :.


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