Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927)
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 slaughtered
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