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Le Livre de la jungle

Jungle Book


by Zoltan Korda



Le Livre de la jungle

Director: Zoltan Korda

Script: Laurence Stallings after Rudyard Kipling's book

Cinematographer: Lee Garmes

Editor: William Hornbeck

Art Director: Vincent Korda

Music: Miklos Rozsa

Cast: Sabu, Joseph Calleia, John Qualen, Franck Puglia, Rosemary de Camp, Patricia O'Rourke, Ralph Bird

Production: London Film

Tamasa Distribution
122 rue de la Boétie
75008 Paris
Tel: 0033
Fax: 0033

Year: 1942

35 mm, Colour, 108 min, 
OV English with French Subtitles

In India, in the streets of Khaniwara, old story teller Buldeo recalls his souvenirs for a few rupees… A very long time ago, when he was the head of a small community settled close to the jungle, his village had been attacked by a tiger. Messua’s young son Nathoo had disappeared… Years later Nathoo, who was brought up by Rashka, his wolf mother, has grown up among animals who call him Mowgli. One day, he comes close to his native village and is captured. Messua who is convinced to have found her son adopts him. He falls in love with beautiful Mahala, Buldeo’s daughter, and makes her discover the forest, thus provoking Buldeo’s hatred. Shere Khan, the tiger who is Mowgli’s mortal enemy, has come back…

The film, first adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s novel in cinema, was quite successful when released in 1942. Nature is seen in every frame and Buldeo who wonders if life isn’t’ the fight between man and nature, exclaims: ‘Has man ever won over nature?”.


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