ROOTS OF HEAVEN, THE
Courtesy of The Roots of Heaven
Directed by: John Huston
Presented with: Earth Matters
Venue: National Museum of American History
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THE ROOTS OF HEAVEN (USA, 1958, 121 min.)
Presented in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition, “Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa” and the National Museum of African Art.
Welcome by Jeffrey Stine, Chair, Division of Medicine and Science, National Museum of American History. Introduced by Tony Huston, the director’s son.
In Fort Lamy, French Equatorial Africa, idealist Morel launches a one-man campaign to preserve African elephants from extinction, which he sees as the last remaining "roots of heaven." At first, he only finds support from Minna, hostess of the town’s sole nightclub, who is in love with him, and a derelict ex-British Army Major. His crusade gains momentum and he is soon surrounded by an odd assortment of characters: an American TV commentator who becomes impressed and rallies world-wide support; a U.S. photographer, who is sent to do a picture story on Morel and stays on to follow his ideals; a government aide ordered to stop Morel; a professional ivory hunter whose vested interests aren’t the same as Morel’s and Waitari, leader of a Pan-African movement who follows Morel only for the personal good it will do his own campaign. (– Les Adams) Directed by John Huston, based on the novel by Romain Gary. Produced by 20th Century Fox.
Discussion with Tony Huston.
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