Cinema: New Picture, Apr. 16, 1951

Kon-Tiki (RKO Radio) is the documentary record of a true adventure that even Hollywood might hesitate to offer as fiction: the epic 4,300-mile voyage of six men from Peru to Polynesia on a rope-lashed raft of balsa logs. Technically almost as amateurish as home movies, the film is no less engrossing than the best-selling account (TIME, Sept. 18) of the Scandinavian crew's proof-by-experience that winds, currents and primitive craft may have enabled ancient Peruvians to float colonizing expeditions to the South Pacific.

Thor Heyerdahl and his companions shot the bulk of their movie with...

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