14 October 2014

IN SEARCH OF ANCIENT MYSTERIES

IN SEARCH OF ANCIENT MYSTERIES

USA, 1973
Director: Fred Warshovsky

7/10












I think many many of you old-school TV freaks still remember "In Search Of...", the popular Leonard-Nimoy-narrated documentary series about all kinds of mysterious phenomena, which ran on American Television between and 1977 and 1982 (6 seasons, 144 thirty-minute-episodes) - but do you also remember the 3 one-hour-long documentaries that provided the basis for "In Search Of..."?

Between 1973 and 1975, television jack-of-all-trades Alan Landsburg produced and co-created the documentaries "In Search of Ancient Astronauts" (1973), "The Outer Space Connection" (1975), and this one, "In Search of Ancient Mysteries" (1973), all based on books by Erich von Däniken, all narrated by the great Rod Serling ("The Twilight Zone").


"In Search of Ancient Mysteries" (finally out on DVD Oct 24, thanks to the fabulous Film Chest Media Group) is an entertaining and rather quick-paced documentary examining the unprovable but extremely fascinating theories about the possibility that alien species / extraterrestrials visited Planet Earth
in ancient times. 

Rod Serling's smooth voice tells us intriguing and fascinating stuff about about the Nazca Lines (possible UFO runways?), the mysteries of the Bolivia-based site Tiahuanaco, the Tower of the Winds in Athens, the massive Ollantaytambo fortress in Peru, the rust-resistant Iron Pilhar of Delhi, or Ezekiel's wheels, an UFO sighting in the bible. Serling combines hard facts with possible theories, ambitious hypotheses and all kinds of thought-provoking questions.


It may be a bit too short (only 52 minutes long) and at times a bit too quick-paced, but aside from that, I liked it. It's not as dated as I expected, and in some kinda way it's still semi-up-to-date. The melancholy music fits all the well-shot locations and objects very well, the editing is excellent, the camera work is fine + pretty great picture quality. If you're a fan of all things ancient and/or extraterrestrial, as well as 70s/80s docos, this is a must-see / must-have!

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Thanks a bunch to Kelly Williams (Greenleaf + Associates) for the screener!

2 comments:

  1. I do remember all of the shows and features you mention - and I quite like them - I'd love to see all of them again - great speculation and fun nonsense - with the great voices of Serling and Nimoy guiding us along. Great stuff!

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    1. I've never seen any of the "In Search of" shows before, but I wouldn't mind seeing more of this stuff.

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