In Belle Époque Paris, accompanied by a young scooter deliveryman, little Kanak Dilili investigates mysterious kidnappings of girls. She meets extraordinary men and women who give her clues... See full summary »
Priscilla Williams, a young girl living with her widowed mother and paternal grandfather at the post he commands in northern India, becomes enamored of military life and embroiled in brewing rebellion against the crown in the early 1900's.
C. Aubrey Smith
Korda had read and been so impressed Kipling's 'Toomai of the Elephants' that when documentary director Robert Flaherty came to him for backing he readily gave it to him and sent him to India in February 1935. After over a year with nothing productive been done Korda sent director Monta Bell to help out and then Zolta Korda. By Summer 1936 with nothing productive having been done the crew were brought back to Denham Studios . Writer John Collier was brought in to produce a simple script for Zoltan to shoot in the studios and on location on the River Colne. See more »
The film follows Kipling's story closely about the sensitivity to nature, which a child is more successful in than restricted grownups.
Zoltan Korda was the middle of the three great Korda brothers of the cinema, (Alexander the eldest and Vincent the youngest) specializing in outdoor films, like this one (on Kipling's "Toomai of the Elephants") and ten years later the still best film adaptation of "The Jungle Book", both with Sabu as the main character. Robert Flaherty (1884-1951) was an important film documentary pioneer with many classics to his credit, like "Nanook of the North", the first commercially successful film documentary (1922) which he directed and produced. With Zoltan Kodaly, he was co-director of this film, probably the best elephant film ever made, which still impresses by its unequaled elephant scenes, including a great score by John Greenwood.
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