Otto Rahn and the temple of doom

by alphamonkey on May 23, 2008 · 3 comments

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Otto RahnThe Telegraph gives the skinny behind the strange and sad tale of Otto Rahn, the archaeologist who inspired Indiana Jones and was ultimately betrayed by Heinrich Himmler, who funded his research.

Since weekend outings are rare and far between here at Casa del Mono, this weekend’s adult fun won’t be Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull but rather Eddie Izzard at the Playhouse Square in Cleveland thanks to a rockin’ birthday present for the wife from D&A. Judging from the only fair-to-middling reviews, I think we’re making the better choice.

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  • motoko

    Obviously there’s not just one source for fictional characters, but studying at the University of Chicago, we were always told that Indy is based on the founding archaeologists of the Oriental Institute there (specializes in the Middle East) the school where he teaches in the movies looked suspiciously like our campus. Rahn sounds more like the competition in the Holy Grail than Indy.

  • Fat Roland

    Indy kind of lost me with the whole UFO / alien thing. And I know that sounds like I’m making it up, but I’m not.

  • Gorlog

    I felt like it was E.T.s parents finally able to go home. Some kind of circle of extra terrestrial meets Indiana Jones and needing to merge the two. That being said, I had a really good time with the film; however, it was not a good film.

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