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The Lost City of Z (2016)

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A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

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The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages," the determined Fawcett - supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.

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Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, brief strong language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$112,633 (USA) (14 April 2017)

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$8,574,339 (USA) (14 July 2017)
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According to director James Gray, "This idea of the intrepid explorer seems foreign to us now but people like Fawcett and Shackleton were the superheroes of their day," explains Gray. "When I was growing up as a kid, Neil Armstrong made you slack-jawed with awe because he was willing to take unbelievable risks so he could walk on another celestial body. Well, back in the day, Fawcett and these other guys were like the astronauts in the sixties." See more »

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At 0:18:44 into the film, set around 1906, there is a shot of a locomotive in the countryside, which is a Class 5 Stanier painted in British Rail green with the British Rail emblem on its tender. This logo was originally LMS built around 1935. See more »

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Nina Fawcett: To dream to seek the unknown. To look for what is beautiful is its own reward. A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?
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Referenced in Talking with Chris Hardwick: Charlie Hunnam (2017) See more »

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Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2: Lever du jour
Composed by Maurice Ravel
Performed by Carlo Maria Giulini & The Philharmonia Orchestra
Courtesy of Warner Classics
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV licensing
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The film takes place in the 20th century, where British explorer Percy Fawcett journeys into the Amazon to discover evidence of a previously unknown civilization.

I'm sad to say that I was disappointed by this film in almost every aspect. It seems to me that the biggest problem it has is the pacing. For a two and a half hour long film, pacing is important to keep the viewers engaged and this movie just gets it completely wrong. It feels like three movies clumsily stuffed into one, and as if that wasn't enough, it adds a bunch of utterly irrelevant scenes which could have easily been cut out of the movie entirely. I, for one, was expecting to see at least some beautiful cinematography, but the movie fails to deliver even in the aesthetic aspect. I was also expecting to see a lot more of the actual journey to the Amazon, but instead we got scene after boring scene in England, where nothing of importance really happens. After about an hour and a half I was left wondering how so many critics found this movie watchable, desperately trying not to fall asleep. To make matters even worse, Charlie Hunnam delivers an awful performance and makes for an overall uninteresting lead. Surprisingly, the only performance worth watching in this film was, out of all people, Robert Pattinson. I'm certainly glad he's moving away from his Twilight years and I hope to see him in more roles like this one in the future. Overall, this was a forgettable, boring, mess of a movie.


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