Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927)



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This epic documentary chronicles the lives of a Thai family as they struggle to save their home, and their lives, from the dangers of the jungle -- especially from a herd of wild elephants (in Thai, "chang").


Critic Reviews for Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness

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The cinema has here brilliantly fulfilled a part for which it is better fitted than any other artistic medium. No book, painting, musical impression or circus could give so adequate and vivid a picture of the jungle.

May 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Snappy jungle tale.

Jun 6, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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

Aug 26, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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.

Mar 23, 2007 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

decidedly scripted for jungle adventure to set up conflicts with the local fauna

Dec 9, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It's of dubious ethnographical importance, but it is certainly entertaining.

Jun 12, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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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