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The struggles of a hardscrabble Iranian nomadic tribe as they journey through bleak country to reach the grasslands that will save their livestock. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Merian C. Cooper ... Himself (as Merian Cooper)

Ernest B. Schoedsack ... Himself
Marguerite Harrison ... Herself - a Journalist
Haidar Khan ... Himself - Chief of the Bakhtyari Tribe
Lufta ... Himself - Haidar Khan's Son

Directed by
Merian C. Cooper (uncredited)
Ernest B. Schoedsack (uncredited)
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Richard Carver  titled by (as Richard P. Carver)
Terry Ramsaye  titled by

Produced by
Merian C. Cooper .... producer (uncredited)
Ernest B. Schoedsack .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Merian C. Cooper (recorded for the screen by)
Marguerite Harrison (recorded for the screen by)
Ernest B. Schoedsack (recorded for the screen by)
Film Editing by
Richard Carver (edited by) (as Richard P. Carver)
Terry Ramsaye (edited by)
Music Department
Hugo Riesenfeld .... music arranger (uncredited)
Other crew
Jesse L. Lasky .... presenter
Adolph Zukor .... presenter

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Also Known As:
"Grass" - USA (short title)
"Grass, the Epic of a Lost Tribe" - USA (alternative title)
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71 min
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USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)
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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A Time Capsule, 28 March 2002
Author: Jim Tritten from Corrales, NM

The team of Merian Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack produced a documentary of 50,000 Bakhtiari people and their animals on the Summer migration to winter grazing. The basic worth of this film today is as a time capsule of a "forgotten people" and how they lived during what we in the West knew as the "roaring twenties." A more drastic contrast could not be imagined. Raging river and barefoot mountain crossings are brutally realistic and the animals that disappear under the water do in fact die. To make sure that the audience of the time believed that the story took place, a signed certificate of authenticity is offered up at the end. The version that I saw had fascinating Iranian music that can stand alone and be appreciated without the film. Having said all this, the film is probably of more value to the anthropologist than the casual viewer in search of a good evening's entertainment. The crew had just barely sufficient stock to take the shots that they recorded and there is no fancy camera work resulting from multiple re-takes. The Western inter-titles detract from the experience but are in fact a part of the record since they demonstrate how Hollywood tried to put their spin on the lives of an indigenous peoples lives so that they would be appreciated by the audience of the day. Off-duty entertainment by desert police becomes a "policeman's ball." The producers went on to make the docu-drama Chang (1927) and the totally commercial King Kong (1933). The migration theme is used again in People of the Wind (1976) and in Himalaya (1999). Recommended for those who know in advance what they are getting into -- and then highly recommended for them.

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