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GUEST,keberoxu Flight of the Condor (BBC) (11) Flight of the Condor (BBC) 01 Nov 15

In the 1980's, the BBC broadcast "The Flight of the Condor," a nature program in three episodes, with footage of the Andes mountains and the wildlife that inhabit them. I believe that US public television broadcast this program here in North America as I seem to recall watching the show at home. Visually it was state-of-the-art camera work, and it definitely held one's interest. I vaguely recall a poignant scene that was NOT an aerial flight over mountains. In it we are reminded that condors are scavengers and carrion eaters. A fawn has just died, and the doe, its mother, does not want to leave the body even though it is dead; and all these carrion birds, way bigger than mama deer, are standing around waiting for dinner, while mama deer looks around helplessly. The denouement of that drama was not shown. A scene like that does linger in the memory somehow.

Then there is the way the show sounded. The narrator spoke English. And the soundtrack music was something else again: music selected to represent the South American countries in the Andean mountain chain. Inti-Illimani was not the only group on the soundtrack, but the majority of the musical pieces came from Inti-Illimani.

I never did go out and buy the products that came from the broadcast. However, many other people did. Although these things have never been re-issued in any digital format, the original products are still being sold second-hand if you know where to look. More specifically:
the footage itself is on VHS tape.
The soundtrack is on a long-playing vinyl record.

And there was a sequel called Return of the Condor, but I have no recollection of that program.

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