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Below the Sahara (1953)

Approved | | Documentary | 30 May 1953 (USA)
The photographic record of an African expedition led by producer-explorer Armand Denis and his (very) photogenic and camera-toting wife Michaela, who goes bird-riding at an ostrich farm. ... See full summary »

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The photographic record of an African expedition led by producer-explorer Armand Denis and his (very) photogenic and camera-toting wife Michaela, who goes bird-riding at an ostrich farm. The expedition ranges from the central interior jungles and mountains to both coasts and as far south as Capetown, and ends with a gorilla hunt led by natives using 100-year-old muskets. Denis produced and directed with the entire production under the supervision of Jay Bonafield and Douglas Travers, with commentary written by Jerome Brondfield and Burton Benjamin and camerawork credited to Tom Stobart, Phil Scultz, Robert Carmet and Eric White. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Score by Paul Sawtell is also worth hearing
23 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

Nature movies of Africa gain value over time, because the continent is ever changing. This film contains moments that have ALSO become more unsettling over time, such as the gorilla hunt. Apparently gorillas kidnap villagers' children (Aren't gorillas herbivores?) so the villagers surround the forest to kill the gorillas. The documentarians follow and save a baby gorilla, but that is all they can do. The hunt makes no sense, except as a companion piece to another RKO film, King Kong. The musical score and full spectrum color make the movie a worthwhile audio visual experience. Some of the portrait photography is also wonderful.


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