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Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness

Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927)

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Release Date: Sep 3, 1927 Limited

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Like their previous docudrama Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life, Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack's Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness can be seen in retrospect as a dry run for the same production team's King Kong. With the actual Siamese jungle as their backdrop, Cooper and Schoedsack fashioned a narrative concerning a simple native family's struggle to survive in a daunting environment. The family's confrontations with rampaging animals very closely resemble the close calls endured by

Nov 21, 2000

Paramount Pictures

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The directors, best known for the the seminal 1933 King Kong, received for their jungle docudrama an Oscar nomination for Unique and Artistic Picture.

August 26, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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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.

March 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
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decidedly scripted for jungle adventure to set up conflicts with the local fauna

December 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
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It's of dubious ethnographical importance, but it is certainly entertaining.

June 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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Superb quasi-documentary precursor to King Kong

April 2, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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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 slaughtered
July 5, 2011
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