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/10
1,096 Ratings

The Lost City of Z

Directed by James Gray
United States, 2016
Biography, Drama, History

Synopsis

British explorer Percy Fawcett journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and finds evidence of an unknown civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Ridiculed by the scientific establishment, Fawcett doesn’t give up on his venture, until mysteriously disappearing in 1925.

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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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