Thursday, October 22, 2009

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival

The 5th Annual Winter Event
December 12, 2009

This is a great event if you can attend.

11:30 AM
Produced and Directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack (USA, 1927)
Cast: Kru, Chantui, Nah, Ladah, Bimbo

Shot entirely in Siam (present-day Thailand), Schoedsack and Cooper's thrilling adventure is clearly the prototype for their later masterpiece KING KONG - and a spellbinding success in its own right. The publicity of the time touted a cast of 500 native hunters, 400 elephants, tigers, leopards, pythons, and other denizens of the wild! Chang is a simple story of one family's survival on their small farm on the edge of the jungle - a way of life that often pits them against forces of nature. The film was nominated (along with Murnau's SUNRISE and Vidor's THE CROWD) for "Artistic Quality of Production" at the first ever Academy Awards.