The African Elephant

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Time Out says

Wildlife adventures often work like Disney cartoons - they're most successful when the animals, the heroes, are humanised to the point of being excessively charming. This documentary, which was shot in East Africa, works along these lines, especially in the way it describes the matriarchy of the elephant world and the idiosyncrasies of other socially rejected creatures. In fact the commentary written by Alan Landsburg is so full of humanly innuendos that one begins to suspect a heavy 'people' message; and it would be fair to simply dismiss the film for being into disguised (and dishonest) 'noble savagery'. Still, there's some fine photography, and some delicate observations which make this film a trillion times better than any zoo.
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Release details

UK release:

1971

Duration:

92 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Simon Trevor

Producer:

William N Graf, Monty Ruben

Screenwriter:

Simon Trevor, Monty Ruben

Cinematography:

Simon Trevor

Editor:

Alan L Jaggs

Music:

Laurence Rosenthal, David Wayne

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