Compared to my live encounter with juvenile
whale sharks, Kon-Tiki's is decidedly more
threatening just by the size of those crea-
tures. But hey, mine's real. A glaring error
in the Kon-Tiki whale shark scene is that it
shows the fish blasting the raft with its
blow hole. Not a whale but a shark, these
gentle giants do not have blow holes. I
give the research department an "F" for this
clumsy and comical inaccuracy.
The other lo-tech sighting.
Just as I completed this post, I serendipitously spot another typewriter at sea in Alfred Hitchcock's 1944 black-and-white film Lifeboat. It is World War II and a passenger ship gets hit by a German torpedo, throwing a motley group of people together in a lifeboat where, very much like Kon-tiki, nature and human nature come to a boil. A bravura performance by actress Tallulah Bankhead as Connie Porter, a writer/journalist in a mink coat(!) who takes her portable typewriter everywhere she travels. Unfortunately, the hapless machine gets tossed into the rough seas.
Another "other" lo-tech sighting. Uncanny
resemblance to the Kon-Tiki scene.
Connie's handsome typer just seconds before the big splash.
Judging from the body shape, the return lever, the knobs on the ribbon spool
covers, and the time period, I think it's a Remington Model 1 (1938-1940).
Am I correct? Reference: The Classic Typewriter Page.(Or a Remington De Luxe Noiseless?)
For an extended journey through rough seas, which of the typewriters in your stable will you take with you? I'll go for my Olivetti Lettera 22. Compact, suave, yet dependable; it's all set to go.
Kon-Tiki (dirs. Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg) ©2012 Nordisk Film Productions, RPC, DCM. Watch official trailer. King Kong (dir. Peter Jackson) ©2005 Universal Pictures. Lifeboat (dir. Alfred Hitchcock) ©1944 Twentieth Century Fox. Three more titles for my Typewriter and Cinema list.
*Typecast via Olivetti Lettera 22