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The Lost City of Z (2016)

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A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

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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.

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Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, brief strong language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$112,633 (USA) (14 April 2017)

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$8,574,339 (USA) (14 July 2017)
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The decision to shoot on 35mm may have been the film's saving grace, as the production team's computers proved no match for the oppressive jungle conditions. "The humidity got to my Mac to the point where it wouldn't turn on anymore," Gray recalls. "Looking back on it now, the film format worked out pretty well because it's a mechanical process. If I'd relied on digital, the machines might have conked out completely and then I'd be in real trouble." See more »

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Thoughout the movie the English main character communicates to the Indigenous natives with the dialect of Spanish. Considering that the natives have not come into contact with 'the white man' before, there is no way that they could have learnt this language and therefore understand him. See more »

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Percy Fawcett: If we may find a city, where one was considered impossible to exist, it may well write a whole new chapter in human history.
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Referenced in Talking with Chris Hardwick: Charlie Hunnam (2017) See more »

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Maipiri Aka La Lautxautxade Kade
Yudja Traditional Song
Performed by the Yudja People
Courtesy of Socio Ambiental and the Yudja People
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A stunningly shot and classically told story
24 March 2017 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful film that restores faith in the traditional art of movie making. Richly shot on 35mm by DoP Darius Khondji, every frame feels like an exquisite painting, carefully constructed by a filmmaker at the top of his game in James Gray. The backdrops of England, the Western Front and Amazonia all have interest on every inch of the screen and yet for all this color and texture, it is the characters that leave you thinking long after exiting the theater.

Charlie Hunnam, as Col. Percy Fawcett, is adequate and measured, but it is star turns from Sienna Miller (Percy's wife), Robert Pattinson (companion Henry Costin), and a ruddy cheeked and opulent Angus MacFadyen (wealthy explorer James Murray) that make the film. The haunting struggle and draw of the jungle and the world Percy leaves behind is revealed through committed portrayals of three dimensional characters who are both authentic to their era and yet still relevant in 2017. And that is the theme that is so skillfully woven throughout the film by Gray, the conflict of portraying the "other" as whole and independent in a world that simplifies and condescends. That Gray could make a story about an early 20th Century British explorer resonate so profoundly with the world we live in today, shows that this is his finest work to date.

All lovers of cinema should see it, but anyone able see it from a beautiful 35mm print should definitely not miss the opportunity. This is filmmaking as it is supposed to be.


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