Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
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Indiana Jones braves snakes and Nazis to find the biblical ark of the covenant.
It’s said that the original is the greatest, and there can be no more vivid proof than Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first and indisputably best of the initial three Indiana Jones adventures cooked up by the dream team of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Expectations were high for this 1981 collaboration between the two men, who essentially invented the box office blockbuster with ‘70s efforts like Jaws and Star Wars, and Spielberg (who directed) and Lucas (who co-wrote the story and executive produced) didn’t disappoint. This wildly entertaining film has it all: non-stop action, exotic locations, grand spectacle, a hero for the ages, despicable villains, a beautiful love interest, humor, horror… not to mention lots of snakes. And along with all the bits that are so familiar by now--Indy (Harrison Ford) running from the giant boulder in a cave, using his pistol instead of his trusty whip to take out a scimitar-wielding bad guy, facing off with a hissing cobra, and on and on--there’s real resonance in a potent storyline that brings together a profound religious-archaeological icon (the Ark of the Covenant, nothing less than "a radio for speaking to God") and the 20th century’s most infamous criminals (the Nazis). Now that’s entertainment. --Sam GrahamSee all Editorial Reviews
- Raiders of the Lost Ark: An Introduction by Steven Spielberg & George Lucas
- Indiana Jones: An Appreciation
- The Melting Face
- Storyboard sequence: The Well of Souls
- Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures game demo and trailer
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In the story, Indy has to let go of his ego and close his eyes. The colors red, black and white are often associated with one another in movies from George Lucas. Here, the colors are associated with the Nazi flag. In AMERICAN GRAFFITI it's the police car. And, of course, in STAR WARS it's the black and white of the Storm Trooper uniforms paired with the praetorian guard of the Emperor in RETURN OF THE JEDI. See the work of anthropologist Victor W. Turner on these colors in primitive cultures and his work on twins. Or, you can insult my dissertation at Northwestern University.
Anyone who rates this under five stars knows nothing about movies.