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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.

Directors:

Merian C. Cooper (uncredited), Ernest B. Schoedsack (uncredited)

Writers:

Richard Carver (titled by) (as Richard P. Carver), Terry Ramsaye (titled by)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Merian C. Cooper ... Himself (as Merian Cooper)
Ernest B. Schoedsack ... Himself
Marguerite Harrison Marguerite Harrison ... Herself - a Journalist
Haidar Khan Haidar Khan ... Himself - Chief of the Bakhtyari Tribe
Lufta 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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Country:

USA

Release Date:

20 March 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grass See more »

Filming Locations:

Karun River, Iran See more »

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Budget:

$12,000 (estimated)
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Title Card: So for months we traveled - - met with many strange peoples - - endured many hardships - - But going ahead, we were turning the pages backwards - - on and on further back into the centuries - - Till we reached the first Chapter, arrived at the very beginning -...
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Featured in I'm King Kong!: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper (2005) See more »

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incredible documentary
7 April 2003 | by jimi99See all my reviews

This was incredible, meaning that it was hard to believe, that the "forgotten tribe" would make this astounding migration twice a year, and that the filmmakers, Cooper and Schoedsack, didn't stage some of the scenes and shots. But what shots they are! The cinematography, under mostly extreme conditions, is brilliant, and the score of Iranian music added to the video release give this memorable documentary an added richness.

I had the pleasure of seeing this and "Kon Tiki" on the same weekend, which was a thrill and certainly made me see how tough and hardy and brave people can be, whether for primitive survival or the need for adventure or in the name of science.


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