The Quest for Fire Adventure (1982)

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Orson Welles explains the creation process of a unique motion picture, a first of its kind, with contributions from the diverse range of worldwide talents who made it possible.


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Fire: It was the first of our great magiks: It consumes, it bites, it even dies. It provides light in the Darkness. Warmth in the cold. Transforms dampness into dryness. It preserves food, can transmute the inedible into sustenance. It provides protection against the unknown, and is the original weapon of mass destruction. It is likely that prehistoric man saw fire as all this and more, possibly even as a type of god. Part of the great Fire that travels the sky. 80,000 years ago, Amoukar carelessly extinguishes the single advantage his small tribe has in their dangerous world; their Fire. Without it's protection against the beasts, the stronger Neanderthals, the cold, the damp, and other the innumerable dangers, their already perilous existence threatens to wink out. With his tribe on the verge of extinction, Amoukar sets out on a quest to locate and return with the rarest and most dangerous of creatures: Fire. Written by james.m.k

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1982 (Canada)  »

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Aventura da Guerra do Fogo  »

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In an attempt to provide as much realism as possible, the actors spoke no modern (or ancient) languages in this movie. Instead, the director created a proto-language for this movie based on assumptions and some of the more universal ways of speaking. Despite the lack of "real" dialog, or even subtitles, an excellent understanding is achieved. See more »


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An interesting and informative making of documentary
8 May 2011 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

This rather brief (only 23 minutes), but still pretty engrossing and illuminating documentary offers a neat depiction of the difficult production of the ambitious motion picture "Quest for Fire." Director Jean-Jacques Annaud comes across as a very passionate and dedicated fellow; he spent three years alone crafting the script and scouting locations all over the word for this movie. Moreover, the scantly clad or even nude cast members subjected themselves to extremely harsh conditions as they toiled away for sixteen hour days in severe heat or unsparing cold. Noted linguist Anthony Burgess devised a special primitive language while renowned anthropologist Desmond Morris came up with realistic body gestures. Moreover, the whole enterprise was shot completely on location for authenticity. Orson Welles is a real hoot to watch as our incredibly solemn narrator: Speaking with utter sincerity in his trademark deep, plummy, and commanding voice, Welles is so dead serious that he's paradoxically enough often quite unintentionally funny as well. Loaded with choice clips and fascinating behind-the-scenes footage, this documentary is well worth seeing for fans of the film.

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