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.
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.