Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927)
This early documentary epic produced and directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack -- the two documentarians who later went on to make King Kong -- examines life on the jungle frontier of Siam. It is there that Kru lives with his family and a collection of innocent animals. But while Kru struggles to harvest his crop of rice, wild animals from the jungle attack his goat and kill his water buffalo. In defensive retaliation, Kru organizes a group of warriors on an expedition against the wild animals, and the warriors end up killing a fierce tiger. But the worst it yet to come when an invasion of an elephant herd destroys his village. Once again, Kru must organize a warrior band to track down the elephant herd. … More
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Critic Reviews for Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
The directors, best known for the the seminal 1933 King Kong, received for their jungle docudrama an Oscar nomination for Unique and Artistic Picture.
Beautiful and engaging, if factually dubious... Built, shot, and scripted to entertain literally anyone, from a 4-year-old to a nonagenarian member of its own original audience.
decidedly scripted for jungle adventure to set up conflicts with the local fauna
It's of dubious ethnographical importance, but it is certainly entertaining.
Superb quasi-documentary precursor to King Kong
Audience Reviews for Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
a pseudo-documentary film made by merian c. cooper in thailand when it was still called siam, it's the story of one family's fight for survival on the edge of the jungle. cooper used actual natives and many wild animals, tho some scenes, like the finale, were staged. it's a silent film , with colorful hand-tinting in many scenes and a soundtrack of thai music. this was a sort of dry run for king kong but it's a great adventure film in it's own right. caution: animals are slaughteredMore
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