“Kon-Tiki” – 1950: Oscar Winning Documentary – 2013: Oscar Nominated

Kon-Tiki DocumentaryYesterday, the Norwegian film “Kon-Tiki” was Nominated for best Foreign Language Film. The film tells the harrowing tale of Thor Heyerdahl’s 1947 journey; drifting 4,300 miles across the Pacific Ocean on a balsa raft with a small crew to Polynesia to prove South Americans were its original settlers.

“Kon-Tiki” is also the title of the Norwegian documentary about the Kon-Tiki expedition led by Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl in 1947, released in 1950. The movie, which was directed by Thor Heyerdahl and edited by Olle Nordemar, received the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 24th Academy Awards in 1951.

The movie has an introduction explaining Heyerdahl’s theory, and then shows diagrams and images explaining the building of the raft and its launch from Peru. Thereafter it is a film of the crew on board, shot by themselves, with commentary written by Heyerdahl and translated. The whole film is black and white, shot on a single 16mm camera.

Watch these two clips from the “real journey documentary” and the featured movie that now has been Oscar nominated.

Text by: Thor Bugge Lanesskog, ThorNews

Source: Wikipedia, IMDb

Categories: Culture, Film & TV

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