Chang l’éléphant

Directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack On April 20 at 17:00

USA - 1927 - 70' - In French
With Ladah, Chantui, Kru, Nah

Synopsis

For the 7th screening of The Magic Lantern

Kru is a pioneer, living deeper in the jungle of northern Siam than any of his predecessors. He solves the problems caused by leopards and tigers attacking his stock by setting traps and killing those beasts. A baby chang (the Siamese word for elephant) is caught in his trap, and thinking he would tame it so it will work for him one day, he tethers it to a post under his house, which is on stilts. Its mother comes and destroys his house. Kru and his family flee to the village, where a mammoth herd of elephants suddenly appear and decimates the buildings in the village. But the villagers fight back.

Une clairière au Nord Est du Siam, où vivent Kru et sa famille. Un matin, au réveil il retrouve son champ de riz piétiné. Le coupable est capturé : c’est un petit éléphanteau, Chang. Sa mère furieuse vient récupérer son petit et détruit la hutte de Kru. Réfugiés au village, Kru et sa famille aperçoivent dans les brouillards de la jungle, non plus un, mais des centaines de Chang. Trop tard le troupeau est déjà en marche sur le village…

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