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"Quest for Fire" turns 30

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Ron Perlman and Nameer El-Kadi at the Mohn Broadcast Center, 1/19/2011. John Rabe

Ron Perlman and Nameer El-Kadi tell Off-Ramp's John Rabe about their first movie: 1981's "Quest for Fire," a landmark film about human life on Earth 80,000 years ago. Here's the long version of their interview. For the short version, and for John Rabe's somewhat less groundbreaking but refreshingly short sequel, "Quest for Fire 2," with Perlman and El-Kadi, CLICK THROUGH.

Jean-Jacques Annaud's "Quest for Fire" is an actor's film. Ron Perlman and Nameer El-Kadi say their first movie was also the hardest movie shoot they've ever been on. The locations - Kenya, Scotland, Canada - were brutal, makeup consumed hours every day, filming took a year, and acting without dialogue took everything they had.

But in this exclusive Off-Ramp interview, Perlman and El-Kadi also say Quest for Fire, now thirty years old, was also one of the most rewarding films they've made ... and it's the one their colleagues always ask about.

Off Ramp presents: Quest For Fire 2 from 89.3 KPCC on Vimeo.

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