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“Meru”: A Visually Astonishing Documentary

“Meru”: A Visually Astonishing Documentary

In summer nearly fifty years ago, I climbed to up the snow-clad slopes of 14,410-foot high Mount Rainier south of my hometown of Seattle.

(NPS Photo)
(NPS Photo)

The plan: Reach 10,000 feet above sea level, then in the company of one of my college fraternity brothers, ski back down over 4,500 feet to Paradise Inn where we had started out that morning.

Reality: Climbing steep, slushy slopes carrying skis over your shoulder is no easy feat. Long before we attained that nearly two-mile high elevation, fatigue, and discretion (the better part of valor), forced us to give up the climb and schuss back down-slope.

But how does that experience relate to one of the most visually astonishing documentary films that I have ever seen and which could be awarded a coveted gold “Oscar” statuette at the upcoming academy awards.

Plenty, as it turns out.

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Best “Travel Movies” Ever

Best “Travel Movies” Ever

At the end of this week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hold its annual “Oscars” award ceremonies, and millions of eyes will be glued to millions of TV sets around the world, watching who walks away with the little gold statuettes.

For at least some of the nominees for this year’s Best Picture Oscar—such as Argothe place in which the story is set is crucial, even if the actual filming location differs from where the story actually took place.

Here are trailers from five movies from my list of “Best Travel Movies” where the place played an important role.

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