The year is 1936. A professor who studies archeology named Indiana Jones is venturing in the jungles in South America searching for a golden statue. Unfortunately, he sets off a deadly trap doing so, miraculously, he escapes. Then, Jones hears from a museum curator named Marcus Brody about a biblical artifact called The Ark of the Covenant, which can hold the key to humanly existence. Jones has to venture to vast places such as Nepal and Egypt to find this artifact. However, he will have to fight his enemy Renee Belloq and a band of Nazis in order to reach it. —IMDb
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood’s best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1946. He went to California State University Long Beach, but dropped out to pursue his entertainment career. He gained notoriety as an uncredited assistant editor on the classic western “Wagon Train” (1957). Among his early directing efforts were Battle Squad (1961), which combined World War II footage with footage of an airplane on the ground that he makes you believe is moving. He also directed Escape to Nowhere (1961), which featured children as World War Two soldiers, including his sister Anne Spielberg, and The Last Gun (1959), a western. All of these were short films. The next couple of years, Spielberg directed a couple of movies that would… read more
Total classic. The cinematography is perfect. Lens flares are beautiful. This movie shows Spielberg's tremendous skill and his clear, sharp handling of action, but people don't often talk too much about the look of these movies, which is a huge part of the charm. I love Kaminski generally, but he (and Spielberg) really fucked up on Crystal Skull. Raiders is a big American action-adventure movie done right.
Also: Jean-Pierre Dardenne heads up Cannes’ Cinefondation jury. And Werner Herzog’s got 2.5 projects in the works.
Nowadays we keep forgetting how beautiful blockbusters can be. Too much CGI makes everything possible and therefore very often also arbitrary. In Raiders you actually seem to feel the physical pain… read review
What’s interesting about Indiana Jones is that it just gets better and better as time goes on and the more you view it, as a series and as separate films. Raiders of the Lost Ark is probably the best… read review
“Raiders” is my absolute favorite film. I wonder if Spielberg knew what this movie would become. Anyhow, “Raiders” has become a classic, and with good reason. Harrison Ford is the single most important… read review