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.
According to director James Gray, the relationship between Fawcett and Nina could be a whole movie in itself. They first met at a gala and were set to be married when Fawcett's mother told him that Nina was impure. Fawcett rejected the marriage and Nina married somebody else who three years later on his deathbed told her to go marry Percy Fawcett, which she did. Gray wanted to cover that in the film but was unable to make it fit in the time frame he wanted. See more »
Many of the many torches used by the indigenous people encountered in the final expedition are modern "tiki torches" and the metal fuel canisters in them are clearly visible in several shots. See more »
Subtlety not completely lost. Simply told but determined.
Completely enjoyed this movie. I was taken on a journey and carried graciously as a passenger privileged to see what this explorer saw and experience some of what he felt. And not just him. The story conveyed the emotion of all the central characters - usually without words. I was pleased with the direction and content. The film did not rely on excess and exaggerated action to tell its tale. Highly entertaining. Highly recommended. Memorable and well done.
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