Annaud's Cesar winning picture is a take on the evolution of prehistoric man and seems as ambitious now as it did on release in '81. From the scripting of Gerard Brach to the language creation of Anthony Burgess and body movement design of Peter Elliott this ground breaking film is an unique and fascinating film to discover. The actors give themselves over to the director's vision and excel in their primitive roles.
Jean-Jacques Annaud may receive criticism about the rigor of the portrayal of early humans. But he should also receive the credit for pushing the debate forward. We now take for granted the visual representations and narratives of our distant past, thanks to the technology available to TV networks today. But in 1981 this movie was a major breakthrough in opening a window to what our ancestors looked and behaved like.
I don't think I have ever seen anything like this film. At times, the grunting and whatnot can be a bit tedious, but on the whole this is a very compelling film which takes a "science fantasy" look at the development of early man. It does very successfully evoke a sense of the development of human culture within a brutal and hostile environment. Very unique and original!
A seriously overlooked epic exploring what life on earth might’ve been like 80,000 years ago. There’s cannibal tribes, massacres, escaping sabre-toothed tigers and an incredible scene between proto-humans and freakin’ mammoths. The fact that there’s no speaking in the film made it the more enthralling, and who knew cavemen making fire could be such a profound experience?
Fantasy movie with a historic flavor about primitive people hunting for the secret behind the flame. It may not be historic correct, but it is a unique visual movie. Rae Dawn Chong runs nude throughout the movie. Everett McGill and Ron Perlman are two of the cavemen. What is not to like here? This is an underrated gem that few have seen.
its a bit tight rating, but one has to pay respect to our ancestors for preserving values we're now taking for granted. :)
+ gives unique tribal feeling.
poor br transfer, but great cinematography nonetheless.