Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Director: Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper Run Time: 69 min. Format: 35mm Rating: NR Release Year: 1927
Starring: Natives of the Wild – who have never seen a motion picture… Wild Beasts – who have never had to fear a modern rifle… and – The Jungle…
This April, let The Deuce take you back to a time when movie theaters were Palaces – when entertainment had a capital “E” – and when Thailand was SIAM! Travel to a time long changed in CHANG: A DRAMA OF THE WILDERNESS!! The perils and pitfalls of Jungle life as experienced by Kru and his family (all native Laotians – there are no “actors” in this film!) – confronting and tenuously “mastering” the untamed environment and fearsome wild animals (not actor-animals either!) that stalk the rain forest in which they’ve built their stilted home! (Maybe not ALL the animals are so fearful – Kru’s son, Nah, does have a best-buddy monkey named Bimbo…) Leopards on your lap! Tigers on your tail! Monkeys on your back!! CHANG puts YOU in places you’ve never been and will never want to leave! Mighty! Exciting! Flaming! Fierce! Thrilling! Fascinating! CHANG!! “The producers have requested newspaper writers not to reveal the meaning of the word “Chang”.” Discover for yourself as the enthralled audience of Times Square’s Rivoli Theatre did for the first time back in 1929!
Before unleashing King Kong into the world – directors Cooper and Schoedsack made docu-drama-adventure films as far away from Hollywood as could be imagined – travelling, living, and filming in remotest regions of “exotic” edens such as Persia, Siam, and Sumatra – often at the precarious peril of their own lives… What they brought back from these “unseen lands” thrilled audiences with realism, glimpses into the unknown and the bravado by which they were made – which was readily apparent upon the screen… and now The Deuce brings that thrill to YOU! Because we’re adventurous!!