Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Facing Your Danger (1946)

1 Nomination, 1 Win

Win: Best Short Subject, One Reel - Gordon Hollingshead

Produced as part of the Warner Bros. Sports Parade series, "Facing Your Danger" documents the attempt by Norman Nevills and his team to navigate the perilous Colorado River through the Grand Canyon to Lake Mead via rowboats. On their voyage they stop to visit Native American sites and the wreckage of previous adventurers, though the majority of the film is spent chronicling in stunning color footage the smashing of the rowboats through vicious rapids.  What the filmmakers were able to capture with 1946 film technology is amazing, and this technical feat is clearly what caused the Academy to believe the film to be worthy of an Oscar.

"Facing Your Danger" is a very simple film with little in the way of narrative or character, but as a document of a stunning accomplishment, it is an overwhelming success.  If you ever see this film on the schedule of Turner Classic Movies, make sure to do what I did and set your DVR.  I can pretty much guarantee that you'll be impressed by the bravery of Nevills and his crew and the technological achievement of Gordon Hollingshead.

Remaining: 3140 films, 869 Oscars, 5394 nominations

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