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Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness

Chang © Milestone Film & Video

February 1, 2022 at 19:00 Hrs.

Thailand, 64 mins, 1927
Director: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Genre: Adventure

Kru, the farmer depicted in the film, battles leopards, tigers, and even a herd of elephants, all of which pose a constant threat to his livelihood. As filmmakers, Cooper and Schoedsack attempted to capture real life with their cameras, though they often re-staged events that had not been captured adequately on film. The danger was real to all the people and animals involved. Tigers, leopards, and bears are slaughtered on camera, while the film's climax shows Kru's house being demolished by a stampeding elephant.