70% of all archaeology is done in the library, apparently. So says Professor Henry 'Indiana' Jones, Jr. during his first cinematic outing.
Popular entertainment often works by inverting our expectations. Immediately after imparting the soundbite, Jones swaps his class of adoring freshers for a pair of G-Men. The dust-moted air of Yale is replaced by a snowstorm on the Tibetan plateau, where Professor Jones, transformed into the stubbled 'Indy', starts a barroom brawl with a gang of SS men. In movies, we expect the unexpected.
|Real archaeologists - hats, but no whips|
|Real librarians - kickin' with their catalogue cards|
Director: Steven Spielberg
Written by Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas, Philip Kaufman
Cinematography: Douglas Slocombe
Editing: Michael Kahn
Cast includes Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, Jonathan Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott