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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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Achmed Abdullah (titles)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Natives of the Wild Natives of the Wild ... Themselves
Wild Beasts Wild Beasts ... Themselves
The Jungle The Jungle ... Itself
Kru Kru ... Kru - the Lao Tribesman
Chantui Chantui ... Chantui - His Wife
Nah Nah ... Nah - Son and Heir of the House of Kru
Ladah Ladah ... Their Little Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bimbo the Monkey Bimbo the Monkey
Namul Namul
Than Than ... A Friend from the Lao Village
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Release Date:

3 September 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chang See more »

Filming Locations:

Thailand

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Budget:

$60 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$612,425, 31 December 1927
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted and toned)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Shot entirely on location in Thailand over a period of 18 months apart from one pick-up shot filmed in Central Park Zoo. See more »

Quotes

Chantui - His Wife: Give Bimbo a bite, big boy!
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Produced in the Jungles of Northern Siam See more »

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Milestone Film and Video has issued a video with a music score by Bruce Gaston (copyrighted in 1991) and performed by Fong Naam. The running time is 69 minutes. See more »

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Not really a documentary, but some sort of masterpiece
6 January 2002 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Previously Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack made Grass, a very great silent documentary inspired by the success of Nanook of the North (which they hadn't even seen when they were flying off to the Middle East to film the long migration of a group of nomads). Grass was a real documentary, with little staging. Nanook, however, had a lot of staging, and has suffered a ton of criticism since its first release because of it. No matter how clearly Nanook is staged, Cooper's and Schoedsack's Chang is a hundred times more staged.

I don't care. It's an amazing film. Call it a fictionalized documentary, or a fudged one. Whatever. Chang is an awesome movie. The story is gripping, the cinematography is great, and the filmmaking in general is wonderful. I'm sitting there wondering how the hell they got these shots of tigers and elephants and stuff. I'm thinking Carl Denham, the risk-taking filmmaker from their own later King Kong. This whole movie seems like a preparation for King Kong. A couple of the scenes are repeated there. This may be preparation, but it is as amazing in its own way. 10/10.


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