The film tells of the Armand Denis/Lewis Cotlow expedition that had the two men cover 22,000 miles through Tanganyika, Belgian Congo and British East Africa. The high points of their ten ...
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The film tells of the Armand Denis/Lewis Cotlow expedition that had the two men cover 22,000 miles through Tanganyika, Belgian Congo and British East Africa. The high points of their ten month trip are an impressive elephant hunt by the Pygmies of Belgian Congo, the crowning of King Mbofe Mabiashe and the capture of a rhino.Written by
This hour-long Technicolor documentary of the Denis-Cotlow African expedition netted more money for RKO in 1949 than John Ford's She Wore A Yellow Ribbon. See more »
The Dark Continent they call it. Land of shadowed mystery and ancient menace. And yet, it blazes with light and color. And the face it shows is serene, inviting. This is not the contradiction it seems. For there is not merely one Africa, but a hundred Africas. Various. Changing. Unpredictable.
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Half wild-life documentary, half ethnographic survey, I could swear I've seen shots from this movie before, in promotional trailers for KING SOLOMON'S MINES and reproduced in HATARI. Given that co-director Armand Denis was a long-time, far-traveling documentary-maker, that's not terribly surprising.
The print I looked at this evening on TCM was in surprisingly poor shape; its color values had not survived well, and some of the shots were taken with a a telephoto lens that could not reveal detail; given the danger of the wild African animals that the movie concerned itself with, from the Ituri Rain Forest of the Congo to the veldts of Tanganika, that's not too surprising either!
This was quite obviously a passion project for the film-makers and the approach their subjects with a great deal of respect; given the hunger of the American public for the world outside of hot and cold-war politics, it did very well for RKO in 1949, grossing more than John Ford's now-classic SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON.
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