The Lost City of Z

The Lost City of Z

DVD - 2017
Average Rating:
Rate this:
The incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the twentieth century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region.
"The never-ending jungle proves perfectly suited to the filmmaker's lush, operatic aesthetic, as does the film's central theme of escaping one's background, through whatever means necessary."--Globe and Mail
"The movie is 141 minutes long but you rarely feel its weight; that's how confident a filmmaker Gray has become."--Boston Globe
"Gray, even as he pushes at the edges of what is filmable, never loses his capacity for creating moments of rapturous beauty. See this thing on the biggest screen you can find."--Village Voice
Publisher: [United States] : Broad Green Pictures, 2017
Edition: Widescreen ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 140 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Dec 17, 2017

It seems as non-fiction.
Anyway, the nature is wonderful. People are strong, brave and hopeful.
No happy end...

Dec 17, 2017

A good documentary type of movie following the travels of Fawcett while he surveys the border between Bolivia and Brazil for the Royal Geographical Society, discovering broken pottery and other artifacts, before having to flee aggressive natives in the area. Years later, after having secured funding, Fawcett returns to the area with his son to find the site. Though his widow keeps hope until her death in 1954, the Fawcett men are never heard from again.

Dec 14, 2017

Uninspiring, not entertaining either. Comparing to another English explorers movie ' Mountains of the Moon', this is a B movie.

Dec 07, 2017

I dunno, I liked it. Maybe people were disappointed because it was packaged wrong ("Real life Indiana Jones!") or people expected something else from a movie with 2 pretty boy leads. Based on the best-selling book, this is the story of Percy Fawcett, a British soldier turned explorer who is searching for the titular lost city in the jungles of the Amazon. He has a wife and family, but is constantly drawn back to the jungle, where his quest becomes obsessive (Don't they always?). Charlie Hunnam from "Sons of Anarcy" is Fawcett and while I generally find him annoying, he's quite good here. As is a hirsute Robert Pattinson as his companion. Sienna Miller is his wife, who has more of a role than women often do in these manly adventure movies. The jungle scenes are eye-popping, sometimes reminiscent of "Apocalypse Now" and "Aguirre, the Wrath of God," as is the madness that starts to overtake the men. Directed by James Foley ("The Immigrant," "We Own the Night"). "Embrace of the Serpent" is a good balance to the great white explorer by showing the native point of view.

Nov 29, 2017

Had high hopes for this movie.
Hey...a "lost city"! Whoa..."Z"...neat name! Uh-oh.Gotta watch those expectations! Nothing much here.

Great demonstration of how to make intriguing history boring. Don't know if I blame the film-makers entirely...

It's from the best-seller by non-fiction author David Grann, whose latest is the story of Oklahoma Native deaths about 100 years ago. Killers of the Flower Moon. Tried that. Not much there, either, so if they decide to make a movie of THAT one, I'll know to skip.

JCLMeganG Nov 27, 2017

Zzzzzz! As in a snooze.

Nov 26, 2017

I enjoyed this movie, was a bit of a slow start but overall a good view!!!!

Nov 11, 2017

Big Disappointment.

Primarily, it's too long and too deliberately paced: it drags: every scene seems the same: the same solemn, portentous tone; the same duration; and, with just a few exceptions, the same somber photography.

At the 1:21 mark I checked the time and almost quit; another hour to go! Sorry I didn't; nothing new in the last hour.

I think Hunnam is miscast here; he's good looking and heroic in a well-bred sort of way, but he doesn't convey the manic drive of the explorer.

The film needs more variety, more heat and wildness. It is hobbled by a preachy, patronizing, bloodless atmosphere, in that upperclass English way, doncha know? Even the Native Americans come across with a sort of Victorian decorum.

In the end, you have to ask: what is the story line? Is it "Truth to one's dream conquers physical hardships and transcends social and personal barriers, though at a severe cost"?

P.S: I enjoyed the director's commentary: he's very articulate and informative about the historical background and what he wanted to achieve in the movie.

Nov 11, 2017

I was intrigued by the subject because I was trafficked to Bolivia after I was abducted in the late 1950's. The movie was very well written. I found another piece of the puzzle to my past. The funding for Fawcett's last trip was an american-JD Rockefeller! I am still trying to find out who owned the mansion the children were at in the photo i retained from what seemed more like a retro concentration camp for bio-medical research. In the meeting with the National Geography Association, they referred to the Natives as Savages. They were cannibals, but there continues to be different forms of cannibalism up to this day(organ harvesting for one). They referred to the
Origin of the Species and the possibility that a culture existed long before they realized. On the first expedition, they wandered upon a rubber plantation. They contracted a native to guide them. He had lash wounds that indicated that he was a slave and mention his gratitude for being freed. The next visit, the rubber plantation did not exist. it was replaced by synthetic rubber made near the AG Farben plant at Auschwitz. There are questions about the validity of exploiting others for the sake of the advancement of 'civilization', and the intrinsic costs that have not been used in factoring the ultimate cost-the lives of many.

Nov 07, 2017

Good film for whole family to watch.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at PMPL

To Top