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Africa Speaks! (1930)

Explorer Paul Hoefler leads a safari into central Africa and what was then called the Belgian Congo, in the regions inhabited by the Wassara and the famous Ubangi tribes.

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Walter Futter

Writer:

Walter Futter
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Harald Austin Harald Austin ... Himself
Paul L. Hoefler Paul L. Hoefler ... Himself (as Paul Hoefler)
Lowell Thomas ... Himself (narrator)
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Explorer Paul Hoefler leads a safari into central Africa and what was then called the Belgian Congo, in the regions inhabited by the Wassara and the famous Ubangi tribes.

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africa | safari | pygmy | locust | lion | See All (37) »

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Thrilling Adventure in the Unexplored Regions of Equatorial Africa See more »


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Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1930 (USA) See more »

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Afrika spricht! See more »

Filming Locations:

Democratic Republic Of Congo

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.20 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Spoofed in Africa Squeaks (1940) See more »

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Hoefler records an Africa of the past.
18 October 2001 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

In order to bring this important early sound era documentary into proper cultural and natural historic focus, one must bethink of the prodigious changes that have altered the face of Africa as well as its humanity and fauna during the more than 70 years since the film's production. One can only imagine the reaction of a 1930 audience which viewed the extraordinary events presented and filmed by Colorado-based explorer Paul Hoefler, including the death and mealtaking by a family of lions of one of Hoefler's expeditionary native assistants, total decimation of the expedition's surrounding flora by a massive winged horde of locusts, and remarkable animals and people of many varieties. Narrator Lowell Thomas' somewhat casual comments of events that could not have been greeted in such cavalier fashion at the time they occurred can be offputting, and his attempts at whimsy consistently fall as flat as the veldt being traversed, but withal the narration provides a raft of historically fascinating data. Hoefler's book of the same title, published shortly after the release of the film, differs insofar as the expedition actually travelled from east to west, rather than the reverse, but for purposes of visual impact actual events were edited in order to produce dramatic action.


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