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Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (1925)

Passed | | Documentary | 20 March 1925 (USA)
The struggles of a hardscrabble Iranian nomadic tribe as they journey through bleak country to reach the grasslands that will save their livestock.

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(titled by) (as Richard P. Carver), (titled by)
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Merian C. Cooper ...
Himself (as Merian Cooper)
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Himself
Marguerite Harrison ...
Herself - a Journalist
Haidar Khan ...
Himself - Chief of the Bakhtyari Tribe
Lufta ...
Himself - Haidar Khan's Son
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The real-life struggles of the Bakhtiari tribe of Southern Persia (Iran) to migrate with 50,000 people and ten times as much livestock over seemingly impassable natural barriers of mountain and river during harsh weather conditions to reach grazing lands for their cattle and other livestock. Their hardscrabble life is portrayed with poetically beautiful cinematography in possibly the greatest documentary of the silent era. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Haidar Khan, Chief of the Bakhtyari Tribe: The grass withers. The blight of sun and drought is upon us and our herds hunger... There is no green thing and the flocks will die, and after them the women, the children and the men.
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An excellent documentary about a nomadic tribe
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Fantastic documentary of 1924. This early 20th century geography of today's Iraq was powerful. Watch this and tell me if Cecil B. DeMille didn't take notes before making his The Ten Commandments. Merian C. Cooper, the photographer, later created Cinerama, an idea that probably hatched while filming the remarkable landscapes in this film. Fans of Werner Herzog will find this film to be a treasure, with heartbreaking tales of struggle, complimented by the land around them, never has the human capacity to endure been so evident. The fact that this was made when it was shows not only the will of the subjects, but of the filmmakers themselves.


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