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The Lost City of Z

Directed by James Gray
United States, 2016
Action, Biography, Adventure


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.

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The Lost City of Z Directed by James Gray
James Gray’s exquisitely crafted and truly visionary film from the life of early-20th-century explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) is about something seemingly ephemeral and difficult to name and yet true to so many lives: the search within the physical world for a transcendent reality that is finally to be found right here and now. Gray doesn’t simply dramatize this existential path: he embodies int in the form of the film itself.
January 03, 2018
Fawcett’s tale of real-life daring and fixation has all the hallmarks of a type of adventure tale that feels all but by-gone, but Gray’s approach pointedly disassembles the Boy’s Own side of Fawcett’s ventures and instead transmutes them into a cinematic work that calls to mind other portraits but which Gray bends to his own purpose, placing his emphasis not in derring-do so much as personal states of seeing and understanding.
July 11, 2017
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Fawcett is desperate for money to make his discovery, but if no one will back him he will go on what he can scrounge; he will go where his many journeys tell him there is something to be found, he will assure his wife that he will succeed, he will double the stakes by taking his son, he will never give up, he will give size to his life. The film is rich with this passionate intensity, which is exactly what a man needs to put together a big film in his late forties while the clock is ticking.
May 09, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film The Lost City of Z

    Boy dreams never die. My generation's Apocalypse Now/The African Queen/The Battle of the River Plate. A western in Amazónia. The quest for the dream of dreaming. WWI . Ford, Cimino, Herzog, Coppola, Malick, Gibson.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film The Lost City of Z

    "Lost City of Z's" ambitions include marrying the filmic sensibility of New Hollywood to the grand scale and sense of adventure found in David Lean's classic work. The fact that director James Gray doesn't quite reach these lofty heights almost feels appropriate, mirroring Percy Fawcett's own ephemeral quest. Though I couldn't help but find myself wondering what someone like Tom Hardy could have done with this role.

  • Z's rating of the film The Lost City of Z

    Strong work from that most underrated and sneakily brilliant of filmmakers James Gray. Beautifully shot with an intelligent script full of nuance and complexity. Charlie Hunnam carries the film ably. Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller and Tom Holland provide excellent and compelling performative support. The narrative is gripping and involving. Fascinating story of literal and metaphorical exploration. A real sleeper.

  • Bilouaustria's rating of the film The Lost City of Z

    There is a thin line between classicism and academism. Before "The Immigrant", James Gray was always on the right side of it. But it is getting even thinner by now. Still the elegance of most shots and a good script help the cause here. Sparks of brilliance only. I like though the ambigous Percy - charismatic Charlie Hunnam. Problem is : i did not FEEL the jungle the way Herzog or Weerasethakul brought it on screen.

  • Andhika Eka Buana's rating of the film The Lost City of Z

    Used to spend hours trying to decode how on Earth James Gray still has zero Oscars (or Cannes, or whatever awards available on this planet). THE LOST CITY OF Z send that thought to overdrive. Grand, epic in scope, but also intimate in its portrayal of Percy Fawcett. Had more insects chirping than SILENCE.

  • msmichel's rating of the film The Lost City of Z

    Gray has made his most accessible and traditional film to date with this exceptionally crafted tale of determination, exploration and sacrifice. Technically the film is a marvel with precision in near all aspects especially the cinematography of master Darius Khondji. Casting is also impressive with Charlie Hunnam truly surprising in a demanding turn. Along with 'Two Lovers' this may be Gray's finest moment to date.

  • josé neves's rating of the film The Lost City of Z

    Digital. The previous film was already around academism although in the final its density to black rescued it to heights. In this film, although the class persists - he's one of the rarest current filmmakers who knows about frame and spatiality in cinema -, the adventure of reinventing the exotic imagery of some cinema of grandeur simply failed in its enforcement. And still the insistence in impoverishing filters.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film The Lost City of Z

    "A man becomes obsessed with discovering a lost city"—that plot summary is correct in a cold, half-true way, but it's also all you should know, so the film can slowly creep up on you as a film about the passage of time. As ever, Gray is more interested in character, theme, and metaphor than the dirty business of plot (is that why he's underrated?), but Z is about so many things at once that it's left me stunned.

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