centralasian (centralasian) wrote,

_____________________[PRO] Hollywood Makes Anthropology: The Case of Krippendorf's Tribe

"Anthropologist James Krippendorf (Richard Dreyfuss) is a single dad trying to raise three kids. For the past two years, he has been living off a Proxmire Foundation grant to study an “undiscovered” tribe in New Guinea. Unfortunately, there is no “tribe” and all the grant money he has been collecting has been spent on his kids. When he is told that he must prove the tribe exists by documenting them on film, he begs his dysfunctional family to help him concoct a fictional people known as KRIPPENDORF’S TRIBE." - Krippendorf's Tribe.

"Krippendorf's Tribe represents one of Hollywood's first ever adventures into the sexy, glamorous, ruthlessly competitive world of big league anthropology, but the disappointing results hardly suggest a speedy follow-up expedition."

"If I were an anthropologist, this film would insult me immensely."

"Anthropology may never recover."

Hollywood Makes Anthropology: The Case of Krippendorf's Tribe, Visual Anthropology, Volume 16(4), 2003, pp. 375-391.


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