Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
There are fewer movies out there more perfect than Raiders of the Lost Ark. It is pure cinema, a rip-roaring adventure tale with some of the most well drawn heroes and villains in any movie of its type. Star Wars might be a little more iconic, but in a weird way Indiana Jones feels more grown up.
The stakes in Raiders felt more pressing to me than the ones in Star Wars. In Star Wars I always trusted that Darth Vader would be defeated and the good guys would win. In Indy’s world that wasn’t a guarantee. You know what I think sets it apart for me? The truck chase sequence. It really upset me as a kid seeing Indiana Jones get shot in the arm. For whatever reason, be it the wetness of the squib, the grimace on Indy’s face or the splatter on the windshield, that really affected me as a kid.
Indy got hurt for real and I felt the exhaustion of that epic sequence on Ford’s face and due to Michael Kahn’s editing, John Williams’ pounding score and Spielberg’s tight direction I even felt a little of that exhaustion as an audience member. That’s pretty masterful storytelling.
So, in honor of this great film and, in particular, this great sequence today’s Behind the Scenes Pic takes a look at the filming of the truck chase from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Thanks to Alexandre Poncet for sending it along and you can click for a bigger image! Enjoy!
Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic has betrayed Shiva!