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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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