Clan of the cave bear movie review

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clan of the cave bear movie review

The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earths Children, #1) by Jean M. Auel

This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auels magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear.

A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blond, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly--she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Izas way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.
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My Review of "The Clan of the Cave Bear" by Jean M. Auel (Earth's Children #1)

With Daryl Hannah as Ayla, the rising Cro-Magnon outsider on the fading Neanderthal scene, teen-age girls still have the feisty role model they had in the book and the movie has its saving grace. Watching the outcast, brutalized Hannah teach herself to use a hunting sling, practicing until she can whirl it about her head with a nice lethal rhythm, is undeniably satisfying. Teen-age boys may also experience a certain uplift watching Hannah stalk across this primordial wilderness in a scalloped, off-the-shoulder wolf skin.
Jean M. Auel


Auel's best-selling novel, travels eons backward in time in order to tell the audience things it already knows. It concerns a Cro-Magnon foundling named Ayla, who is raised by Neanderthals and inculcated with their sexist, oppressive ways, only to rise up as history's first free-thinking woman warrior. The film chooses to lean heavily upon these stereotypes, at the expense of the behavioral and anthropological detail that has enlivened the best of the cinematic cavemen, most notably in '' A Space Odyssey'' and ''Quest for Fire. As directed by the noted cinematographer Michael Chapman, ''The Clan of the Cave Bear,'' which opens today at Loews New York Twin, has a gentle approach to its characters and an occasionally striking visual style. What it doesn't have is much momentum or originality. From the opening sequence, in which Ayla is separated from her mother and adopted by the Neaderthal tribe, to the ending that has her proclaiming her individuality and marching off toward a possible sequel, the film plods along evenly but uneventfully, so that very few individual scenes have a chance to stand out.


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What was it like, back there at the dawn of time? What was it like to be a human being, and yet have none of the things we take for granted, such as houses, feminism and shoes? How did we take that first great leap out of the caves and into the Iron Age? Or, if you really want to get idealistic about it, that leap out of the rain and into the caves? Unfortunately, the movie never really does reconcile itself to the prehistoric past. It approaches those times with a modern sensibility. It shows us a woman winning respect from a patriarchal tribe, when, in reality, the men would have just banged her over the head real good.

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Based on the novel of the same name , a young Cro-Magnon woman named Ayla Daryl Hannah is separated from her family and orphaned during an earthquake. She is found by a group of Neanderthals and raised as one of their own. Unfortunately, as the years went by, her own intelligence causes disaster for the entire tribe, especially its future chief, Broud Thomas G. Dialogue is conducted mostly through a form of sign language which is translated for the audience with subtitles. After an unsuccessful attempt to pull her mother up from a recent earthquake, 5-year-old Cro-Magnon Ayla Emma Floria is left alone in the woods with a severe injury on her legs from a nearby cave lion ; having been suffering from starvation, exhaustion, and infection of her wounds, she collapses, on the verge of death. Eventually, she was rescued by Iza Pamela Reed , a shaman of a group of Neanderthals who call themselves "The Clan", from being eaten alive by vultures against the orders for her to be left alone by the clan's chief, Brun John Doolittle , just because she is clearly a member of "the Others," the distrusted antagonists of the Clan. Brun refuses to accept Ayla as his new daughter when Iza adopts her, only allowing her to stay with the Clan because Iza refuses to abandon her, and with that done, the Clan calls her "Ayla", the closest they can come to pronouncing her birth name.

2 thoughts on “The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earths Children, #1) by Jean M. Auel

  1. "The Clan of the Cave Bear" attempts to answer those questions by making a Unfortunately, the movie never really does reconcile itself to the.

  2. Critic Reviews for The Clan of the Cave Bear A goofy and ill-made movie that wants to be deadly serious and acts incredibly daft, and the average between.

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