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One Million Years B.C. (1967) - Don Chaffey [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]


Prehistory is the period of human history prior to the advent of writing (which marks the beginning of recorded history).

See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prehistory

Recording [...]

Historical records of events have been made for thousands of years in one form or another. These include cave painting, the runic alphabet and hieroglyphics. One of the functions of Fine Art is to create new languages of mark making and representation, all the better to record the whole world in all its subtlety and detail. Technology continually provides us with new methods for record making. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recording [Aug 2004]


The origin of music are lost deep in prehistoric times. Probably the earliest forms of music were songs, possibly accented by the clapping of hands. Most likely the first instruments were percussion instruments, maybe a hollow trunk, stones hit together, or other things that are useful to create rhythm, but not always melody. Thirty-thousand-year-old bone flutes have been found in archeological sites; the design seems to be similar to that of the recorder. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_history [Oct 2004]

La Guerre du Feu/Quest for Fire (1981) - Jean-Jacques Annaud

    La Guerre du Feu/Quest for Fire (1981) - Jean-Jacques Annaud [Amazon.com]
    Quest for Fire is so detailed in its depiction of prehistoric man that it might have been made by time-traveling filmmakers. Instead it's a bold and timeless experiment by visionary director Jean-Jacques Annaud (The Bear), inviting scientific debate while presenting a fascinating, imaginary 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. Employing primitive language created by novelist Anthony Burgess and body language choreographed by anthropologist Desmond Morris, a unique ensemble of actors push the envelope of their profession, succeeding where they easily could've failed. They're carnal, violent, funny, curious, and intelligent; through them, and through the eons, we can recognize ourselves. --Jeff Shannon for Amazon.com

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