Prehistoric Humans in Film and Television
581 Dramas, Comedies and Documentaries, 1905–2004
About the Book
From the early days of the movies, “cavemen” have been a popular subject for filmmakers—not surprisingly, since the birth of cinema occurred only a few decades after the earliest scientific studies of prehistoric man. Filmmakers, however, were not constrained by the emerging science; instead they most often took a comedic look at prehistory, a trend that continued throughout the 20th century. Prehistoric humans also populated adventure-fantasy films, with the original One Million B.C. (1940) leading the charge. Documentaries were also made, but it was not until the 1970s that accurate film accounts of prehistoric humans finally emerged.
This exhaustive work provides detailed accounts of 581 film and television productions that feature depictions of human prehistory. Included are dramas and comedies set in human prehistory; documentaries; and films and television shows in which prehistoric people somehow exist in historical periods—from the advent of civilization up to the present—or in extraterrestrial settings. Each entry includes full filmographic data, including year of release, running time, production personnel, cast information, and format. A description of each film provides background on the prehistoric elements. Contemporary critical commentary is included for many of the works.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 74 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2006
Table of Contents
III. Fictional Works in Prehistorical Settings 7
III. Documentaries 167
III. Fictional Works in Historical, Modern and Extraterrestrial Settings 211
Appendix A: Misleading Titles, Unknown Contents, Aborted and Proposed Projects 279
Appendix B: Post-Apocalypse Primitives in Film and Television 285
Appendix C: Outstanding Performances as Prehistoric Characters 287
Appendix D: The Creationist Challenge: Productions That Question the Existence of Prehistoric Humans 288
Book Reviews & Awards
“descriptive”—ARBA; “exhaustive…detailed…numerous photos and mountains of information”—Prehistoric Times; “a great reference…fun to read”—Trussel.com; “useful, well documented, organized and annotated reference tool…a treasure trove”—www.sfsite.com; “this book is the first guide devoted exclusively to prehistoric humans…remarkable achievement…essential reference…highly recommend”—SFRA Review; “excellent”—Scary Monsters; “seems to have peered into every cave…comprehensive”—Counterpoise; “definitive”—Nicholas Ruddick, author of The Fire in the Stone.