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Old 13-02-2014, 20:55   #1
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Any comments on Kon-Tiki?

I guess we've been a bit out of touch and Sandy was looking for a preview of All Is Lost (another thread). In the process she found a movie of the Kon-Tiki expedition was released in 2012 and we were wondering if it was any good?
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Re: Any comments on Kon-Tiki?

It held my interest.
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Re: Any comments on Kon-Tiki?

I heard that at the time of his death, Thor Heyerdahl was planning a new trip. He had noticed that the natives of Miami Beach were similar to natives of New York. He hypothesized that New York had been settled by natives of Miami Beach who had drifted north on the Gulf Stream.
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Re: Any comments on Kon-Tiki?

A bit lightweight compared to the book but I enjoyed it all the same. And the actors looked a LOT like the photos from the book which helped.
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Re: Any comments on Kon-Tiki?

Dramatized a bit, but not too much all things considered. I liked it. It's streaming on Netflix.
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Re: Any comments on Kon-Tiki?

Sitting in the Tahiti Yacht Club in the late 70s, I spent most of a semi drunken evening talking to a Frenchman who had done the return trip to South America with Hyradahl, and he had little good to say about the accuracy of Hyradahl and his stories. I had to agree since I had recently been to Fatu Hiva, and sailed the passages and hiked the trails that Hyradahl wrote about and decided that he was full of malarky. Hyradahls book about Fatu Hiva is a good read for anyone going to the Marquesas, but should be read with a grain of salt. Melvils book about Typee Vai seemed much more accurete. Just my comment. _____Grant.
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Re: Any comments on Kon-Tiki?

We enjoyed the movie.
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Wasn't that the boat made of rats & grass?
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There is something here attached to Oxford University called surprisingly "Oxford Ancesters". They have mapped DNA from the first people of Africa and got back to Adam & Eve, not the ones in the bible as they lived something like 8,000 years apart but are the original source of mDNA (Eve) and yDNA (Adam) in the 18? early tribes.
I bet TH would have had a lot of fun with the data.

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Another thing worth investigating if you are interested in this movement of people thing is the Atlantis story.
I once read a book by some old German professor who put forward the theory that Atlantis was once where the Canary Island are now and that the people who lived there spread out to Portugal and Spain to the East and to the West in South America.
Lots of discussion about Eels from the Saragasso, the Gulf Stream and Ice Ages.
When I can recall the name of the book I'll post it.
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Re: Any comments on Kon-Tiki?

The 2012 KT movie is quite good. I watched it and went to the library the next day to re-read the book. I thought the story in the book was even more exciting than the movie. Yeah, the actors look much like the real people.

There is a scene in the Explorers' Club with Peter Freuchen (big bearded guy.) Too bad that wasn't expanded as PF is a fascinating guy.

Hop Car: One can only hope that someone else can pick up on TH's unfullfilled study. Maybe Mel Brooks...
The original 1952 Academy Award winning documentary by TH can also be found streaming. It's an interesting comparison.
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Re: Any comments on Kon-Tiki?

Yep, Freuchen was a fascinating fellow. "The Book of the Eskimos" is must read material, as is his other work.
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Re: Any comments on Kon-Tiki?

I read the old book...quite the book.. As usual, the movie just was not as good...not by a long shot IMHO

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Re: Any comments on Kon-Tiki?

Well it was Valentines Day yesterday so we decided to spend up big. Hired the video, bought fish and chips and a bottle of good, cheap Aussie wine and headed back to the cockpit.

Great choice for VDay.... she dumps him!

I found it a bit slow and much the same as I remembered from earlier reading. Sandy found it very interesting because she knew nothing about it.

So, worth a look, but don't get your hopes too high.

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Old 14-02-2014, 18:44   #15
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Re: Any comments on Kon-Tiki?

Everybodies mentioned the book, how about the original movie? I saw it as a kid in the 70s sometime in a movie theatre. Was more documentary than drama, havent seen the 2012 version but will give it a look.
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