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The Flight of the Condor: Ice, Wind and Fire  (1982)

The beauty and isolation of the condor's landscape

An epic portrayal of the Andean landscape, The Flight of the Condor: Ice, Wind and Fire celebrates the sheer majesty of this massive area. Shown as part of the BBC’s The World About Us strand, the production travels from snow-capped peaks to storm-beaten rocks, providing a glimpse of the intriguing wildlife this diverse land supports.

Highly memorable due to its distinctive soundtrack, the beauty and isolation of the surroundings is brought to life by the haunting Latin American Folk music of the award-winning Chilean band Inti-Illimani.

A thorough and impressive account of this immense ecosystem, writer and producer Michael Andrews spent eighteen months in the Andes with award-winning cameramen Martin Saunders, Hugh Miles and Rodger Jackman, filming this three part series. Staggering cinematography details the abundance of life the range supports, from close-ups of leeches on the forest floor to oppossums and guanacos foraging in the undergrowth.

Andean condors gracefully soar overhead, one of the largest birds in the world with a wingspan of over 3m, powerful panoramic footage leaves you in no doubt they are the perfect symbol for these colossal mountains.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
Woodlands
80 Wood Lane
London
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2
Email: motiongallery.uk@bbc.co.uk
Website: http://www.bbcmotiongallery.com

Film credits

Assistant Producer: Keenan Smart
Assistant Producer: Jilly Booth
Associated Broadcaster: WNET 13, New York
Camera: Hugh Miles
Camera: Rodger Jackman
Dubbing Mixer: Peter Copeland
Dubbing Mixer: David Old
Editor: Peter Heeley
Narrator: Andrew Sachs
Producer: Michael Andrews
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Script: Michael Andrews
Sound: Donaldo MacIver

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Martin Saunders
Hugh Miles
Clips
The condor's stature matches the grandeur of the Andes
The condor's stature matches the grandeu...
The beauty and isolation of the condor's landscape
The beauty and isolation of the condor's...
Abundant wildfowl of the Andes
Abundant wildfowl of the Andes
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Michael Andrews with helicopter while filming aerial shots of the Andes for The Flight of the Condor
Michael Andrews with helicopter while filming...