Everett McGill, Ron Perlman, Namir El Kadi Gaw, Rae Dawn Chong,
1981, 97 Minutes, Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Description: A glimpse of humankind some 80,000 years ago. Using
diverse locations in Kenya, Scotland, and Canada, Annaud tells the purely visual
story of five tribes (some more advanced than others) who depend on fire for
survival. They "steal" fire from nature, but the actual creation of fire remains
elusive, lending profound mystery and majesty to the film's climactic, real-time
display of fire-making ingenuity.
for Fire is like an extended version of the Dawn of Man
sequence in 2001: A
Space Odyssey. It tells
the tale of a tribe whose only source of fire has died and some
members of the tribe is sent on a quest to discover the secret of
fire or merely stroll across fire somewhere.
Anthony Burgess (who
especially invented an incomprehensible language for the movie. This science fantasy movie is
extremely well-made and simply fascinating stuff. Makes you think a lot about
our ancestors, where we came from and how we would cope in a world where the
secret of how to make fire is as momentous (in technological terms) as we would
regard the moon landing today . . .