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Africa Speaks: Hear the hoof-beats of the gnus and see a young boy chased down and killed by a lion (sans the screams)was what "Africa Speaks!" promised, and delivered. Filmed on the Colorado African Expedition of 1928, headed by Paul L. Hoefler, this film rose above the 'jungle-graph' films of the past---"Chang" excepted---because of the sound and not the views of the Dark Continent offered, albeit most of these were new views that some of the critics debated over whether or not some of them were staged. It contained: a locust swarm that devoured everything but the expedition camera; a visit to the duck-billed pygmy tribe in which the females of the tribe had discs inserted beneath their lips when very young and, as they grow older, larger discs replace the previous discs; an antelope---called and spelled illampa in the film---that jumps forty feet backward or forward when frightened and some slow-motion shots are used. "Africa Speaks!" showed Africa to be both dangerous and noisy.

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Released: August 15, 1930
Runtime: 75 mins
Genres: Adventure Documentary History
Countries: USA
Actors: Lowell Thomas

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Posted by uvaddict 2 years, 2 months ago ( Edited 2 years, 2 months ago )
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First to playnow, the narrator is AMERICAN as are the two actors, the film is made by ignorant Americans, it does make you feel sick, but you have to take into account when it was made. Turns out the tribal lion hunt had actually been filmed in a Hollywood studio using tamed lions, not surprising as most of the film appears bogus. The comment "the salt is like candy to them", and the footage accompanying it, had me bewildered at it's stupidity.

Posted by playnow10 3 years, 10 months ago
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Africa's not speaking here, just a british racist narrator. Nice images, could do with just background music and no voice overs, then we can all appreciate it better.

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