First feature by the dynamic directing duo behind King Kong.
Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack tell the jaw-dropping story of a tribe of nomads in Iran known as the Bakhtiari and their epic trek with half-a-million animals across impossible terrain to reach summer pasture. A spectacular ethnographic record, this film was intended for the lecture circuit but was snapped up by Paramount for theatrical distribution on the strength of its powerful dramatic punch. It’s easy to see how the character of Denham in King Kong was modelled after the adventurer Cooper, whose daredevil real-life exploits were the stuff of Hollywood adventure films.
Dir. Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack | US | 1925 | N/C U | 1h 10m + short
Performing live: Mike Nolan
Short accompanied by HippFest newcomer Steven Gellatly
Screening material courtesy of Milestone Films
Supported by the British Film Institute