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Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927)

Elephants disrupt the lives of a family deep in the jungles of Northern Siam, and an entire village.

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Credited cast:
Natives of the Wild ...
Themselves
Wild Beasts ...
Themselves
The Jungle ...
Itself
Kru ...
Chantui ...
Nah ...
Nah - Son and Heir of the House of Kru
Ladah ...
Their Little Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bimbo the Monkey
Namul
Than ...
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Kru is a pioneer, living deeper in the jungle of northern Siam than any of his predecessors. He solves the problems caused by leopards and tigers attacking his stock by setting traps and killing those beasts. A baby chang (the Siamese word for elephant) is caught in his trap, and thinking he would tame it so it will work for him one day, he tethers it to a post under his house, which is on stilts. Its mother comes and destroys his house. Kru and his family flee to the village, where a mammoth herd of elephants suddenly appear and decimates the buildings in the village. But the villagers fight back. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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As filming took longer than anticipated, the budget rose from $70,000 to $95,000 with directors Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack covering the shortfall themselves until Paramount agreed to pay the difference. (Paramount was well rewarded - the film was one of the biggest hits of the year.) See more »

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Title Card: Strong is the elephant; stronger is Man's mind. Here, as everywhere, brawn surrenders to brain.
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The CAST: --- Natives of the Wild: who have never seen a motion picture. --- Wild Beasts: who have never had to fear a modern rifle. --- The Jungle. See more »

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Ask not who lives in the jungle -- it is thee!
30 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

This odd little film is stunning to watch and will prove thought-provoking to anyone who likes to ponder the human condition.

The setting in what was then called northern Siam could not be more exotic but the message applies anywhere today: Life is a struggle against the inexorable forces of Nature, and, just when you think you're coasting, another formidable challenge arises.

I enjoyed getting to know the family at the heart of this film, the extremely skillful and industrious hunter-father; his amiable and vigilant wife, and their children -- all cute, and, if old enough, hard-working. For comic relief there are the antics of a fuzzy, white monkey.

There is some incredible footage of animal life in this film -- hungry big cats of all kinds, some kind of a giant river lizard that's strung up above a fire for an impromptu barbecue, wild and domestic pets of every kind, from puppies to a mongoose, and, most spectacularly of all, the "Chang" of the title -- a herd of marauding elephants.

We observe a society that demonstrates collective values -- these people survive because they help each other unquestioningly -- community always supersedes one's own, immediate preoccupations. Like worker ants, the jungle folk join together for construction projects like a corral into which dozens of Chang are herded for domestication.

This highly unusual film is interesting from an anthropological perspective but it will also keep children entertained.


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