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Adventures in South America (1946)

Approved | | Documentary, Short | 10 August 1946 (USA)
Narrated travelogue covering the Andes Mountains portion of Bolivia, and three very different areas of Peru, the traditional cities of the Andes Mountains, the modern cities of the coastal plains, and the upper Amazon jungle.



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Knox Manning ...


A narrator guides us on a trip starting in the Andes Mountains city of La Paz, Bolivia, where the traditional customs and farming lifestyle of the Chola Indians are shown. The trip continues to Lake Titicaca and the cities of Cuzco, Pisac, and Ayacucho in Peru, with a mixture Spanish architecture, Incan ruins and traditional Indian populations. Next, the capital city of Lima and the modern life of the coastal plains is briefly visited. Finally, the jungles of the upper Amazon are visited, showcasing the deadly Jivaro headhunters and emphasizing the three very distinct areas of Peru. Written by TimeNTide

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10 August 1946 (USA)  »

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Adventure Specials (1945-1946 season) #6: Adventures in South America  »

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Part of Warner Bros. Technicolor Adventure series, filmed in 1945. See more »

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Along The Inca Trail
4 May 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Warner Bros. Short Subject.

Travel through the ancient Indian lands of Bolivia & Peru for some high ADVENTURES IN SOUTH AMERICA.

This short film takes viewers on a Technicolor tour of the Andes, where we see some of the fiestas & festivals of the native peoples, as well as paying a visit to Lake Titicaca. After viewing the Incan & Colonial architecture of La Paz, Cuzco & Lima we are given a glimpse of the savages living at the headwaters of the Amazon River.

Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.

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