What are some brilliant South American films

The 30 best adventure films of all time
By Andreas Staben, Carsten Baumgardt, Robert Cherkowski - 05/20/2017 at 6:00 p.m.

The FILMSTARTS editorial team discussed, voted and made a decision. So here they are, what we think are the 30 best adventure films of all time!

Rank 30: "Seven Years in Tibet"
(Jean-Jacques Annaud, USA / Great Britain 1997)


Jean-Jacques Annaud's adventure drama “Seven Years in Tibet”, the film adaptation of the autobiography of the Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer, is by no means undisputed. Annaud allows himself historical inaccuracies, neglects Harrer's Nazi affiliations and romanticizes his deep friendship with the Dalai Lama. However, this is all secondary for the auteur filmmaker. He prepares “Seven Years in Tibet” into an intoxicating, visually powerful adventure film, which is supposed to develop the greatest possible impact. "Seven Years in Tibet" is of breathtaking virtuosity and told extremely sensitively. Annaud starts in 1939 when Harrer (played by Brad Pitt) starts an expedition to the Himalayas and is arrested by British troops together with his partner Peter Aufschnaiter (brilliant: David Thewlis) after the outbreak of World War II. Only years later do they manage to escape, which both leads to Tibet, where Harrer befriends Tenzin Gyatso (Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk), the 14th Dalai Lama.


29th place: "Around the world in 80 days"
(Michael Anderson, USA 1956)


A film like Michael Anderson's Jules Verne interpretation “Around the World in 80 Days” is hard to imagine today. Where every second blockbuster is riddled with comments on war, crisis, struggle and spasm, such a brightly colored escape from reality seems as if it came from another planet. Producer jack-of-all-trades Michael Todd and director Anderson orchestrated Jules Verne's gentleman and philanthropist Phileas Fogg's (David Niven's) journey through all corners of the globe as a pug-loving revue: a show of stars and starlets, which, in addition to suspense and drama, also features plenty of musicals and pomp there. Peter Lorre, Marlene Dietrich, Frank Sinatra, George Raft, Shirley MacLaine, John Carradine, Buster Keaton and Fernandel (to name just a few) stand in line and a monumental effort has been made. Even if many a bite of this old-fashioned entertainment cake is a little heavy in the stomach today, “Around the World in 80 Days” is a cinematic journey back in time to an era in which carefree and entertainment were very important.


Rank 28: "Adventure in Rio"
(Philippe de Broca, France / Italy 1964)


Many New Hollywood directors looked at the old continent with admiration in the 1960s and were enthusiastic about their colleagues in the Nouvelle Vague, that current of French iconoclasts who took the narrative cinema apart with pleasure in order to put it back together again. Steven Spielberg's favorite French film from that time, however, was not the work of Truffaut, Rohmer or Godard, but rather the difficult and entertaining adventure break "Adventure in Rio" by the entertainment craftsman Philippe de Broca with jack-of-all-trades Jean-Paul Belmondo in the lead role. Bebel gives the soldier Adrien, who actually wants to spend a relaxed vacation with his girlfriend Agnès (Françoise Dorléac, the sister of Catherine Deneuve who died early), but very soon gets caught in a crazy kidnapping plot that leads him to Brazil, where secret service agents and gangsters and bustle researchers in the hunt for a fabled treasure in the Amazon region. This is the starting signal for a wonderfully silly, squeaky hullabaloo full of slapstick, bar fights, South American exoticism and the gender battle between Adrien and Agnès, which, even in the greatest danger, do not let any opportunity pass by to bitch. “Adventure in Rio” is at the same time a hysterical adventure spectacle and its own parody and inspires with a heartwarming naivety that is second to none. A good mood is simply inevitable.

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