Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927) (also known simply as Chang) is a silent film about a poor farmer in northern Nan Province (northern Thailand) and his daily struggle for survival in the jungle. The film was directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. It was released by Famous Players-Lasky, a division of Paramount Pictures.
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.
|author||Achmed Abdullah Ernest B. Schoedsack Merian C. Cooper|
|director||Ernest B. Schoedsack Merian C. Cooper|
|editor||Louis R. Loeffler|
|keywords||capture real life|
|producer||Ernest B. Schoedsack Merian C. Cooper|
|productionCompany||Famous Players-Lasky Corporation Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation|
|theme||documentary ethnofiction heritage northern silent|