Grass

Grass

Director: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

Cast: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

     
 

This pioneering documentary, directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack in cooperation with journalist Marguerite Harrison, records the travels of Bakhtiari Tribe of Persia (now known as Iran). A poor people, the Bakhtiaris must move on to fresh grazing land every six months, otherwise the nearly one million animals on which the 50,000 Bakhtiaris depend… See more details below

Overview

This pioneering documentary, directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack in cooperation with journalist Marguerite Harrison, records the travels of Bakhtiari Tribe of Persia (now known as Iran). A poor people, the Bakhtiaris must move on to fresh grazing land every six months, otherwise the nearly one million animals on which the 50,000 Bakhtiaris depend upon for survival will perish. In this case, the tribe was forced to scale a snow-covered mountain range, with their animals in tow, in order to move on to new pastures, with many of the Bakhtiaris making the journey in bare feet. Cooper and Schoedsack followed Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life with another adventure documentary, Chang, before moving on to dramatic features, including the classic King Kong.

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All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Inspired by Robert Flaherty's Nanook of the North (though its creators had only heard of that film when they set out to make their own), Grass is the first documentary epic, shot under conditions that would daunt even a contemporary crew. Filmmakers Merian C. Cooper, Ernest Schoedsack, and Marguerite Harrison persuaded the Bakhtyari (the film's spelling) tribe to let them come along on their amazing migration. Watching a portion of 50,000 people and 500,000 animals ford a swiftly moving river, find their way up a nearly sheer rock wall, climb a 12,000-foot snow-covered mountain, and ford an icy stream, you're amazed that the filmmakers had the strength to compose their shots, let alone keep up with the tribe. It's not clear what Harrison's role here was; she is sometimes glimpsed on a horse, serenely making her way along a trail. The narration, contained in the title cards, is short on any hard information, there is no depiction of anyone or anything dying, sick, or injured, and there is little context supplied. This is, in other words, a cut and dried visual record, but its artful compositions make it exceptionally impressive on those terms.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/28/2000
UPC:
0014381592429
Original Release:
1925
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:11:00

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Index
1. Introduction [3:07]
2. The Journey Begins [2:59]
3. Caravanserai [6:30]
4. The Taurus Mountains [6:58]
5. Arabia [3:39]
6. The Forgotten People [2:48]
7. Haidar Khan [4:59]
8. The Quest for Grass [3:23]
9. Crossing the Karun [14:26]
10. Into the Unknown [5:04]
11. Snow Mountain Country [4:05]
12. Conquering Zardeh Kuh [10:09]
13. The Promised Land [2:01]
14. End Credits [:42]

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