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Keep the River on Your Right - A Modern Cannibal Tale

Keep the River on Your Right - A Modern Cannibal Tale (2000)

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 50
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 11

Keep the River on Your Right places the spotlight on a fascinating individual, Tobias Schneebaum.

85

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 3

Keep the River on Your Right places the spotlight on a fascinating individual, Tobias Schneebaum.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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In 1955, artist, author, and anthropologist Tobias Schneebaum fulfilled a life-long dream by visiting the jungles of Peru. Seven months later, the New York native returned with remarkable tales of living with a tribe of cannibals, watching their murderous raids on other tribes, and even eating human flesh with them. In 1999, Schneebaum returned to Peru at the age of 78 with a camera crew in tow in hopes of finding the cannibals he lived with many years before. While Schneebaum prepares for his

Oct 29, 2002

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The Shapiros ... ultimately reveal a frail but mentally robust old man whose gnawing hunger for knowledge led him to shun a safe, comfortable career in art for a series of radically transformative experiences at the world's edges.

October 28, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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A fascinating if somewhat unfocused documentary.

October 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Schneebaum, a dull and helpless-looking nonentity at first glance, proves to be an amazingly courageous, inquisitive, remarkable man.

August 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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There's no denying the warmth of Schneebaum's encounters, or his engaging nature. Or the fact that you've never seen a documentary quite like this one, and aren't likely to again.

May 25, 2001
Boston Globe
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Makes for fascinating, compelling viewing.

May 21, 2001
San Jose Mercury News
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What begins as a curious document, then, evolves into something more.

May 14, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A moving portrait of an astounding life.

October 8, 2003 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

... takes you to where Tobias Schneebaum has been and in an engrossing manner lets you see why he went there.

December 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Intriguing if somewhat leisurely documentary on anthropologist/artist Tobias Schneebaum.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

An engaging testimony to the courage of one man's quest into the unknown.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Along the way, Schneebaum reverts from a lonely old man singing for his supper in the salons of New York to the adventurer he once was and apparently will always be. And this metamorphosis is the film's real discovery.

November 16, 2001
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

What's really intriguing is the journey into a man's heart and intellect.

August 3, 2001 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

May be a film of missed opportunities and unanswered questions, but it has an unsinkable man at its center who is never less than transfixing.

July 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

The film mostly succeeds, and that's thanks to Schneebaum himself, who has an extraordinary screen presence.

June 4, 2001
San Francisco Examiner

a spiritually uplifting outlook on life

May 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Even is you don't like documentary films, this is one worth seeing.

May 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The Shapiros labor under the delusion that an interesting subject automatically makes an interesting movie; their film is discursive and careless.

May 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

It's a frustrating film, asking more questions than it answers...it was very long and very unsatisfying.

May 22, 2001 Full Review

In following this human's tale for five years, the Shapiros now share the pleasure of having Tobias on their right.

May 14, 2001
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Audience Reviews for Keep the River on Your Right - A Modern Cannibal Tale

Tobias Schneebaum certainly engaged in some interesting research on indigenous tribes and their views on homosexuality and marriage but this film was centred on his return to the areas of his initial study..which makes it slightly dull. Perhaps the focus could have been placed on the research rather than a nostalgic trip.
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