SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE (CINERAMA)

Film Reviews

1958

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DIRECTORS: Carl Dudley, Richard Goldstone, Francis D. Lyon, Walter Thompson & Basil Wrangell

May Contain Spoilers!

The Orson Welles narrated South Seas Adventure is the fifth and final entry of the three-strip Cinerama Travelogues, though Orson is the not the only voice to appear on this soundtrack, with his credit overshadowing the word of several others. Opening without the customary 1.37:1 segment, originally introduced by the face of Cinerama, adventurer Lowell Thomas, South Seas bursts onto the giant screen in glorious Cinerama (2.59:1), barely given the curtains time to open, which was of course intentional. But South Seas Adventure sets out its stall from the opening frame, all three of them.

Following the overture, Alex North’s score continues to impress with its vibrant and colourful tones, evoking both the feel of the South Seas, Hawaii, Tonga etc.. whilst still feeling western and grandiose in equal measure. This film takes the travelogue…

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