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Re: The Way Back

Postby blazin » Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:02 pm

It doesn't open in the US till January 21, but for those of you in the DC area I just found out there'll be a screening at National Geographic this week:

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Thursday, January 13, 2011
7:00 p.m.
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National Geographic Live! Washington D.C.
Grosvenor Auditorium
1600 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
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All Tickets: $10
To purchase the tickets please visit:
http://events.nationalgeographic.com/events/films/2011/01/13/way-back/
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Re: The Way Back

Postby fatdad » Mon Jan 10, 2011 6:00 pm

Gary Schenk wrote:
MoapaPk wrote:I dropped the penny when he began talking about going weeks through the dessert without water.


Same here. I never finished after reading the bit about the Gobi.


That is a problem for the narrative, though you can partially explain it if you were inclined to do so: he padded the story; he lost track of the actual number of days; they compensated by eating the snakes they found, etc. You also have to consider that, if you've bought the premise of the story thus far, you have a group of extremely toughened individuals. They walked in chains behind trucks to Siberia, survived a gulag, walked all the way from Siberia to the Gobi, etc., etc. The story is a grand succession of hardships.

If you also factor in things from other survival stories that we know to be true, we know that people have an amazing capacity for endurance that goes beyond what we estimate when sitting on the sofa reading a book. Any misstatement of fact doesn't render every other fact implausible. But then, if you didn't like the book, that's a whole 'nother can of worms.
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Re: The Way Back

Postby Diego Sahagún » Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:20 pm

Have you seen the movie :?: What's your opinion about it :?:
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Re: The Way Back

Postby Marmaduke » Fri Jan 14, 2011 5:46 pm

I looked for a S.F.Bay Area opening and wasn't able to find any locations. I even searched L.A. (not that I'm traveling there to see the film) but it must be opening in California somewhere?
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Re: The Way Back

Postby eza » Fri Jan 14, 2011 6:10 pm

Diego Sahagún wrote:Yesterday I watched the movie. It's a fair film, too many walks in deserts and open spaces without anything more. Even they found the Himalayas just after crossing The Great Wall of China :?


I also noticed that but, well, maybe it's our fault for knowing too much about geography... :wink: Seriously now, I enjoyed the movie. If anything, I would have liked it even better with a little more developement of the characters. Knowing something more about the people in that gulag breakout would make it easier to feel sympathetic with their efforts and sufferings...
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Re: The Way Back

Postby blazin » Fri Jan 14, 2011 6:39 pm

Marmaduke wrote:I looked for a S.F.Bay Area opening and wasn't able to find any locations. I even searched L.A. (not that I'm traveling there to see the film) but it must be opening in California somewhere?


I've heard it's opening in the US next Friday.
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Re: The Way Back

Postby Diego Sahagún » Fri Jan 14, 2011 6:47 pm

Didn't it bore you Enrique :?: I bet those long walks in open areas, deserts and mountains occupied almost a third of the movie...
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Re: The Way Back

Postby MoapaPk » Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:22 pm

fatdad wrote:If you also factor in things from other survival stories that we know to be true, we know that people have an amazing capacity for endurance that goes beyond what we estimate when sitting on the sofa reading a book. Any misstatement of fact doesn't render every other fact implausible. But then, if you didn't like the book, that's a whole 'nother can of worms.


I liked the book, bit put it in the category of quasi-fiction when I came across the 13 days in the desert without water.

Really, I've been in the desert a lot; friends say I use much less water than most. I used 1.5 L to go from Phantom Ranch where it was 114F, to the S rim of the GC via Kaibab Trail, in June, and was never thirsty. I used about the same amount for the Shorty's Well to Telescope Peak jaunt, where the accumulated elevation gain is 11500'.

But I have a fairly good feeling for human limits; how heat, exercise, incessant sun, etc. can shrink that supposed 3-day limit on human life without water. I used to run in the summer in Las Vegas, at the heat of the day, and got to see the thin line between life and death... just over the hill.
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Re: The Way Back

Postby Diego Sahagún » Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:31 pm

fatdad wrote:
Gary Schenk wrote:
MoapaPk wrote:If you also factor in things from other survival stories that we know to be true, we know that people have an amazing capacity for endurance that goes beyond what we estimate when sitting on the sofa reading a book.

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Re: The Way Back

Postby blazin » Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:48 pm

An interesting article about the movie.
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Re: The Way Back

Postby rhyang » Tue Jan 25, 2011 4:03 pm

It was an interesting book and a great tale. A Polish friend lent it to me while I was recovering from a broken neck in the hospital back in 2007. I'd also suffered a concussion (minor brain trauma), so at the time it was more a matter of working on my short-term memory and cognitive abilities than "is this true or not". Looking forward to seeing it on Netflix sometime :)
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Re: The Way Back

Postby WouterB » Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:39 pm

Given the commotion about it, I ordered it online and received it today. Will read it on Kili :)
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Re: The Way Back

Postby Palisades79 » Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:45 pm

Add Felice Benuzzi's "No Picnic on Mount Kenya" (1948) to the list of true POW escape & mountaineering adventures .They broke out ,made the climb ,and than broke back in ! Wikipedia states that there is a film in production.
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Re: The Way Back

Postby Diego Sahagún » Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:29 am

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Re: The Way Back

Postby Diego Sahagún » Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:32 am

blazin wrote:An interesting article about the movie.

Sławomir Rawicz: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C5%82awomir_Rawicz
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