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Cinerama South Seas Adventure
bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-03-30 9:27 pm   Permalink

Funny. The knowledge of this film has always been there for me since I can remember, in ads, booklets, soundtrack albums, display cases at the Cinerama Dome....and I just sort of took it for granted as a corny documentary blown up to commercial spectacle proportions (then again, what else is Tiki? ), so I sort of paid little attention to it. But since I became aware that it is LOST, my interest was awakened, now I really want to see it, too! How many prints were made of Cinerama movies, that all of them can disappear!? Dang!



Here's a synopsis from Imdb.com:

"The fifth in a series of Cinerama travelogues---and not a Documentary since the vast majority of the film, aside from the scenery, is comprised of fictional stories. The first one involves an American girl, on a cruise to Hawaii, who makes friends with another American girl who lives in Hawaii. The first girl meets the second girl's family, and the Hawaiian-girl's brother takes an interest in her. The second segment follows the skipper of a sailing vessel taking the route followed by Captain Cook; the next concerns an artist who paints the sights of Tahiti; An American ex-G.I, stationed in New Zealand during World Warr II, returns for a real visit; and the finale is about a group of settlers arriving in the Australian out-back, and the value of the two-way radio.The 120-minute running time includes a 15-minute intermission, as part of the listed running-time."

More info on Cinerama:
http://www.redballoon.net/~snorwood/book/index.html

So what did Don do in the film? And who was Eddie Titiki !?:

Diane Beardmore as "Kay Johnson"
Don Middleton as "Her Husband"
Don the Beachcomber as "Don the Beachcomber"
Ed Olsen as "Amos Dorn, skipper of the Te Vega"
Eddie Titiki as "Himself"

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congawa
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Posted: 2010-03-31 10:38 am   Permalink

I've seen several of the Cinerama presentations done at the Cinerama Dome (now ArcLight) in Hollywood, which are mostly of THIS IS CINERAMA--the first of the "travelog-u-mentaries" (my word for them) they did, and HOW THE WEST WAS WON. I can tell you that when you see real Cinerama (3 projectors, 3 screens) it is an amazing spectacle--on par with IMAX (not as high a screen, but wider). There also is a contemporary documentary called CINERAMA ADVENTURE, which is confusing because there was also one of the original films by that name as well, which is in the same boat as SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE.

In my other life (one of several) I'm a film historian (just had a book published about Mack Sennett, and did one years ago about the Bowery Boys/Dead End Kids) and know a number of people in archives and other areas of film history and preservation. I'll check around to see if anyone knows if there is any material at all surviving (such as parts of an audio track or something--certainly even if there was only audio of, say, Don the Beachcomber's scenes, that would be something extremely worthwhile).

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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2011-07-23 5:02 pm   Permalink



I found the soundtrack LP at Goodwill today ($1!). It has a pretty long synopsis on the jacket, I typed it all up into a post on Humu Kon Tiki:

South Seas Adventure—A Description of the Lost Cinerama Film

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tiki1963
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Posted: 2011-07-23 5:29 pm   Permalink

I've had a poster, window card and the LP for a while now. Years ago, a CD release of the Alex North soundtrack came out.

Here it is on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/South-Adventure-George-Frederick-Handel/dp/B0000C3ICR/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1311467166&sr=8-3

The film must exist somewhere.


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Club Nouméa
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Posted: 2011-07-24 7:38 pm   Permalink

There were Cinerama theatres in both Australia and New Zealand. I went to see 2001: A Space Odyssey at the Christchurch Cinerama as a kid and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Tragically, the Christchurch Cinerama was pulled down by developers in the early 90s to make way for a tourist tramway (that's progress?). As I recall, it was the last Cinerama left in the Southern Hemisphere.

Anyway, South Seas Adventure was screened in this part of the world, so maybe there is still a copy here somewhere? Unfortunately I found nothing in the Australian and NZ National Film Archives catalogues, but you never know...

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hiltiki
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Posted: 2012-07-19 09:38 am   Permalink

Here is an original post card from the show from my husband's collection.




http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=43422&forum=17&2


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Tattoo
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Posted: 2012-07-19 11:09 am   Permalink

Arclight which owns the famed Cinerama Dome in Hollywood will be holding a 60th year Cinerama anniversary and retrospective at the end of September. This includes South Seas Adventure!

https://www.arclightcinemas.com/movie/south-seas-adventure

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arriano
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Posted: 2012-07-19 1:12 pm   Permalink

So I guess we are to assume that this film is now suddenly "found." I hope they serve the same cocktail at the event.

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tikitony
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Posted: 2012-07-19 5:54 pm   Permalink

That's terrific! Bongofury, let's roll!

 
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Chub
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Posted: 2012-07-19 11:58 pm   Permalink

Just got my tickets!!! So excited to see this. The soundtrack and posters have been intriguing to me for years.
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bongofury
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Posted: 2012-07-20 7:19 pm   Permalink

Crap! I have been waiting for years to see this but I have other plans that evening that I can't get out of. Have fun and let us all know how it is.

 
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Chub
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Posted: 2012-07-20 7:54 pm   Permalink

It's showing at noon only. Not at night. Maybe you could still go?

 
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hiltiki
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Posted: 2012-07-20 10:54 pm   Permalink



There are two shows one on Sept 28th Friday at 12 noon and another on Monday Oct 1st at 320 pm.


 
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Grand Kahu
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Posted: 2012-08-03 09:02 am   Permalink

http://www.labiennale.org/en/news/25-07a.html?back=true

It's been digitally restored and seems to be cropping up at various film festivals around the world (see link).

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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-08-26 6:10 pm   Permalink

Here a few publicity photos of Ramine, the star of the show.









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