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.
The book, written by David Grann, was sent to James Gray by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner from the Plan B production company. See more »
When Major Fawcett is preparing to leave on his first expedition, his wife tells him that she is having another child. When he arrives in Amazonia, he tells his crew that the river will be their home for two years. Yet when he returns to England, the baby is only a few months old. See more »
I enjoyed the movie - it was a bit paint by numbers but it covered a huge area of his life and his motivations, it was also a story of decline, the derring-do of the British empire and particular type of hero. I think that he has been overlooked because he 'failed' but the film shows how he respected the cultures he found, in contrast to the other members of RGS. The class-based snobbery of the period is also well represented. Highly watchable and recommended.
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