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  • Actors: Jim Morris (III), Colm Feore, David Hemblen, Jim Christy, Timothy Findley
  • Directors: George Ungar
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, HiFi Sound, Letterboxed, NTSC, Surround Sound, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: February 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CCD1XE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,573 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Champagne Safari" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Essay on The Champagne Expedition
  • Archival photo gallery
  • Director biography
  • Trailer gallery

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Product Description

Wealthy businessman, glamorous playboy, daring adventurer - Charles Bedaux was all these and more...much more. This acclaimed documentary tells the true story of Bedaux, who captured fame and fortune in the 1920’s by inventing a new method for modernizing industry. Before long, Bedaux was hobnobbing with the rich, powerful and famous all over the globe - including Nazi Germany. In his leisure he planned an elaborate expedition - a "champagne safari" - through the Canadian Rockies, documented for posterity by legendary cameraman Floyd Crosby (HIGH NOON). But Bedaux’s world was about to collapse, as charges of collaboration and treason enveloped him. Long lost archival footage and interviews with historians, writers and relatives illuminate the story of this enigmatic, megalomaniacal American industrialist whose alliance with the Nazis helped them rise to power.

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A brilliant illumination of a storied life that is still shrouded in mystery. --NY Daily News

Critic's pick! If Charles Bedaux had not been born, F. Scott Fitzgerald would have invented him. --Time Out NY

An incredible story. Proves once more than truth is stranger than fiction. --Leonard Maltin

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Charles Bedaux was a facinating hero of the industrial age! He saved countless Jews from NAZI peril and perfected a system for production that revolutionized industry in that time.His "safaris" weere like novellas of the rich and their exploration value is still unmeasured. This video is a fine watch" that should be seen
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hue on January 11, 2007
Format: DVD
Describing a part of the incredible life of Charles Bedaux, it shows a lot of fabulous archive and relevant interviews.
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By Bradley F. Smith on March 13, 2009
Format: DVD
This is a well detailed look at a very important man who is today all but unknown, yet who made a huge impact on the globe during his lifetime. The film intercuts the story of Bedaux's life with newly discovered film of a weird overland trek through Canada before his subsequent misadventures in WWII. The connection between the two events is scant, though, and the film doesn't really make enough of an effort to link the two. Still, this is an entertaining look at someone who lived a privileged life and who died under mysterious circumstances when he could have exposed the extent of US industry's involvement in subsidizing the Nazis.
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More should be investigated on Charles Bedaux. Seems he knew what U.S. companies conspired with the 3rd Reich. Seems he may have been hidden from history on purpose.
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