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IN THE LAND OF THE HEAD-HUNTERS was produced and directed by Edward Curtis, hailed by film historian Kevin Brownlow as "the most gifted photographer of Indians." In 1914, Curtis took his cameras to the North Pacific, where he filmed the classic four-reel documentary IN THE LAND OF THE HEADHUNTERS. To add some "pep" to his narrative, the director fabricated a continuity concerning the efforts of Motana, son of headhunter chieftain Kenada, to prove his worthiness to the tribe. Some of the plot sequences were filmed in the suburbs of Los Angeles, with teepees and totem poles obscuring the more modern aspects of the landscape. These scenes were seamlessly blended in with the "actuality" shots of the tribesmen at work and play. Particularly impressive was a panoramic shot of the headhunters embarking on a brief river voyage in their ancient but sturdy sailing vessels. Long believed lost, IN THE LAND OF THE HEAD-HUNTERS was rediscovered in the form of a single nitrate print in 1947; this print was donated to the Chicago Field Museum, where it was preserved on 16 mm safety stock and made available for public showings with a newly recorded soundtrack.
Movie Category: Documentary
Movie Studio: Oscilloscope Pictures
Movie Genre: Film + TV + Radio
Movie Type: Sociology
Run Time: 66 (minutes)
Software Format: DVD
Subtitle Language: English
Street Date: February 24, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 246-00-0801
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