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Raiding the Lost Ark

In 1981, movie magicians George Lucas & Steven Spielberg gave adventure a name, introducing one of cinema’s most iconic characters to audiences worldwide… Indiana Jones.

As a small boy in rural Australia, it changed my life — Raiders of the Lost Ark ignited my passion for archaeology, history, and of course, making whips out of rope and swinging from trees in search of backyard Inca treasure (and I’m sure quite a few Grailers will relate!). Even today, thirty years later, hearing the Indy music still sends a shiver up my spine.

I’m sure movie geek Jamie Benning feels the same. Undeterred by YouTube and 20th Century Fox removing his previous Stars Wars Begins filmumentaries, Benning turned his eye to Raiding the Lost Ark. Using cast & crew interviews (old and new), commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes, and original production notes, Jamie Benning has created a feature-length making-of film that captures the spirit of the 1981 classic Raiders of the Lost Ark… and makes an old film new again. Watch it while you can, before the movie suits spoil the fun. Here’s hoping George and Steven enjoy this as much as we do.


And the original 1981 theatrical trailer for the nostalgia:

  1. The Hat
    If you’re looking for the authentic Indiana Jones hat, London milliners Swaine Aideney Brigg still use the original pattern designed for Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford. It was made by Herbert Johnson, based on his hat named The Poet.

    [quote=]Before London milliner Herbert Johnson joined Swaine Adeney Brigg, it was situated at 13 Old Burlington Street. One rather uneventful afternoon in 1980, two American gentlemen came in and introduced themselves as Mr. Harrison Ford and Mr. Steven Spielberg. Little did we envision that the following conversation involving hats was going to produce the Indy Hat: one of the most instantly recognisable and iconic pieces of headwear. [/quote]

    It’s been on my birthday wishlist for years, but unfortunately I keep getting socks (socks, why’d it have to be socks?). So I’m saving my pennies!

    Although the Adventurebilt Hat Company also makes an authentic Indiana Jones hat, this one used in Crystal Skull. From reviews I’ve read by discerning Indy fans, this is the hat to own.

  2. This is really good. It is
    This is really good. It is important to remember some of the great movies that were around while we were growing up as well as how they made us feel. Thanks for sharing this tribute.

    Admin note: Nice try, you spamming ass. I’ve removed your hidden code and you can go sit down with all the other bad children in the naughty corner.

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