Man and Nature in Arne Sucksdorff’s The Great Adventure (1953)
Arne Sucksdorff’s The Great Adventure (1953) is a story about the beauty of animals living in the wilderness; but also man’s innate character to hunt them. Sucksdorff described his film as ‘man’s relation to the lost paradise’. ‘But that is a complicated concept of what is basically a literal report on the cycles of nature, the seasons and the magical moods of little boys’, wrote Bosley Crowther when reviewing the film in The New York Times in1955. Behind a simple story lie some very deep thoughts about the complex relationship between man, animals and nature. This paper will examine what these thoughts are. It will also examine the cinematic language Sucksdorff uses to express them, and some of the influences that came from the French documentary ‘Groupe des Trente’.
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