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Grand Canyon (1958)

Scenes from the Grand Canyon set to Ferde Grofé's "Grand Canyon Suite."



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Scenes from the Grand Canyon set to Ferde Grofé's "Grand Canyon Suite."

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Short | Documentary


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17 December 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Suuri Canyon  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Shown with the initial release of Sleeping Beauty (1959). See more »


Spoofed in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (2010) See more »


Grand Canyon Suite
Music by Ferde Grofé Sr.
Played by uncredited orchestra
Conducted by Frederick Stark
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Camera work of quality
10 November 2008 | by (The world of artists) – See all my reviews

This is a very interesting and well executed documentary. It consists mostly in images and visuals, leaving dialogs for last place.

The visuals, sceneries and landscapes of the Grand Canyon are truly breathtaking. I'll go even farther as describe them as majestic, stunning, gorgeous and one of the world's seven wonders.

Every detail captures our attentions: those gigantic mountains, the immense desert such place is, the sun shining all over the place, the luminosity, those magical waters... all of this creates a fantastic, out-of-this-world environment.

In fact, looking at this documentary, I can't help but think of "2001: A Space Odyssey". The legendary Kubrick's film has a sequence with apes which lasts about 15 minutes in the beginning - its sceneries, landscapes and the place itself looks incredibly similar to what we see here. I bet this inspired "2001: A Space Odyssey". The fact that this documentary features classical music as background accents even more these similarities.

This documentary, which came out in 1958, is included as a bonus in the 2008 Special Edition DVD of Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty". Frankly, I don't see what this has to do with "Sleeping Beauty". Not that it matters. It's a great documentary, so who cares if this has something to do with the movie or not? In "The Rescuers" DVD, there is a documentary about water birds which has little to do with the movie, but it's a good documentary anyway.

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