Monday, June 17, 2013

Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927)

Chang is a pseudo-documentary filmed in southeast Asia.  I can imagine it would have been very captivating to audiences of the time as it shows natives living with and battling with countless wild creatures.  Many scenes are obviously staged, so I have to add the "pseudo" tag, but it does show the men capturing and killing tigers, leopards, lizards, snakes, etc.

There's no real story to speak of.  Basically they kill off the dangerous predators then capture some elephants (which they call changs).  At just 69 minutes, it's one of the shortest best picture nominees and probably worth a watch if you can handle the animal cruelty.

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