Monday, September 12, 2016

366 Days at the Drive-In: Day 348


The Date: September 12

The Movie: Quest for Fire (1981)

What Is It?: Jean-Jacques Annaud’s adaptation of J.H. Rosny’s novel is kind of like a feature-length version of the “Dawn of Man” sequence in 2001 without the sci-fi stuff. Prehistoric people hunt for fire, clash with each other, discover the value of making nice with intimidating animals, and engage in a little slapstick goofing and soft-core canoodling. The film gets really fascinating when they meet a more advanced tribe. No monoliths necessary here, though there are some pretty woolly looking mammoths.

Why Today?: On this day in 1940, four teens discover a collection of cave paintings in Lascaux, France.
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