Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness*

  • 1927 ----- b & w ----- 69 min ----- vhs///
  • (Written and directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack) Available for the first time is over 45 years, Chang is a revelation. The film is the obvious prototype for Cooper and Schoedsack's other, and later, masterpiece King Kong. Shot entirely in Siam, it tells the story of a farmer and his family who have settled a small patch of land on the edge of the jungle. Their existence is a constant struggle against the many wild animals around them--bears, tigers, leopards. The climactic elephant stampede is still one of the most exciting scenes in cinema history. (Silent film with a newly composed musical soundtrack) (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Anthropology: Cultural, Motion Pictures: Features, Southeast Asian Studies)