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Re: 10KBC and other science-be-danged movies

"Quest for Fire" truly is the ultimate "cave man" movie... But what are the thoughts on "The Clan of the Cave Bear"? Granted, the movie meld the worst aspects of "Quest for Fire" seriousness with the Hot Babe aspect of "One Million Years B.C.", but I still thought it wasn't all that terrible, especially for the paleoanthropology knowledge base of the 1980's...


-----Original Message----- From: T. Michael Keesey <keesey@gmail.com> To: Dinosaur Mailing List <dinosaur@usc.edu> Sent: Sat, 8 Mar 2008 1:35 pm Subject: Re: 10KBC and other science-be-danged movies

On Sat, Mar 8, 2008 at 11:21 AM, <hammeris1@bellsouth.net> wrote:
My friends told me it was painful to sit thru.
Reminds me of "Quest for Fire," with Cro-Magnon, Neanderthal and
what looked like an Austrolopithecine running around not only in the same movie time-frame, but the same geographic
 locale !
 Also a "love story."

"Quest for Fire" has plenty of anachronisms, but it had a very authentic "feel" and you could tell the filmmakers had done a decent amount of research. It remains the best "caveman" movie to date (not that there's much competition).

Trivia: the _Homo sapiens_ are speaking an Inuit language throughout
the movie. The director later found out that the people who had
provided the voices had gone out of their way to use as many vulgar
expressions as possible. (To be fair, some pretty vulgar things happen
in the film.)

Further trivia: Anthony Burgess (author of "A Clockwork Orange")
devised the Neanderthals' language, based on a simplified form of
proto-Indo-European (which is a totally inappropriate basis, but it's
not like there are any appropriate bases, anyway).
T. Michael Keesey
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