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.
Watch it for the near-mythic odyssey of the journey, the staggering beauty of the scenery, and the endearing moments of intimacy and warmth for the film’s subjects.
Dir. Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack | US | 1925 | N/C U | 1h 10m | English intertitles
Music Accompaniment: Mike Nolan
Screening material courtesy of Milestone Films
Mike Nolan works across Scotland as a composer, choral conductor and performer and is a regular at HippFest. He has accompanied silent film screenings for over 20 years including several commercial releases and live performances for the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive. Mike is also a Nordoff-Robbins trained music therapist.
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