The African Elephant (1971)

G | 90, 92 or 94 mins | Documentary | October 1971

Director:

Simon Trevor

Cinematographer:

Simon Trevor

Editor:

Alan Jaggs

Production Companies:

Cinema Center Films, Dartmouth Productions
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HISTORY

Information for this unviewed film was obtained from press materials contained in copyright records. According to the materials, the filmmakers acknowledged that the picture was "filmed with the cooperation of the governments of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and their national parks." An Aug 1970 HR news item noted that Roger Caras, the host of the weekly CBS radio program "Pets and Wildlife," was originally signed to write and deliver the film's narration.
       According to Filmfacts , Simon Trevor, the film's director, writer and photographer, was a game warden and safari guide. Trevor, accompanied by his wife Laila and African assistant, James Kamau, traveled through Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania to film the documentary footage included in the picture. In a thirteen-month period, they covered 3,500 miles and recorded 142,000 feet of film. The LAEx review noted that producer Monty Ruben, who was born in Kenya and studied zoology in England, became involved in the motion picture business through his family's company Express Transport, which provided logistical help to film units on location in ... More Less

Information for this unviewed film was obtained from press materials contained in copyright records. According to the materials, the filmmakers acknowledged that the picture was "filmed with the cooperation of the governments of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and their national parks." An Aug 1970 HR news item noted that Roger Caras, the host of the weekly CBS radio program "Pets and Wildlife," was originally signed to write and deliver the film's narration.
       According to Filmfacts , Simon Trevor, the film's director, writer and photographer, was a game warden and safari guide. Trevor, accompanied by his wife Laila and African assistant, James Kamau, traveled through Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania to film the documentary footage included in the picture. In a thirteen-month period, they covered 3,500 miles and recorded 142,000 feet of film. The LAEx review noted that producer Monty Ruben, who was born in Kenya and studied zoology in England, became involved in the motion picture business through his family's company Express Transport, which provided logistical help to film units on location in Africa. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 Jul 1969.
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Filmfacts
1971
pp. 476-77.
Hollywood Reporter
1 May 1970
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Aug 1970.
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Hollywood Reporter
5 Nov 1971.
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Los Angeles Examiner
25 Oct 1971.
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Los Angeles Times
21 Oct 1971.
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Variety
20 Oct 1971
p. 14.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT

NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
Narr wrt by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus comp and cond
Supv mus ed
SOUND
Supv sd ed
Dubbing ed
SOURCES
SONGS
"Rain Falls Anywhere It Wants To," music by Laurence Rosenthal, lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman, sung by Lovelace Watkins.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Release Date:
October 1971
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 20 October 1971
Production Date:
began 28 March 1969--early May 1970 in Africa
Copyright Claimant:
Cinema Center Films
Copyright Date:
11 June 1971
Copyright Number:
LP40227
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
90, 92 or 94
MPAA Rating:
G
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

As the film opens, a baby elephant is born and the herd gathers to ward off outsiders and protect the newborn calf. Later, two female elephants lift the sickly calf to prevent its lungs from collapsing. At fifteen, the bull elephants are driven out of the herd by the females because their playfulness might harm the younger calves. The males rejoin the herd only to mate and eat at common feeding grounds. Needing 300 pounds of food daily, an elephant must continuously search for nourishment. During the dry season, the herd migrates to water. When the rains return, the elephants return to the plains and greet each other by extending their trunks. If an elephant is found dead, the herd removes the loose bones from the carcass with their trunks and hides them in the brush. The film ends with footage taken at Mount Marsabit in Kenya. There lives the giant Ahmed elephant, who, at eleven feet tall with tusks weighing 150 pounds each, is one of the largest creatures on Earth. ... +


As the film opens, a baby elephant is born and the herd gathers to ward off outsiders and protect the newborn calf. Later, two female elephants lift the sickly calf to prevent its lungs from collapsing. At fifteen, the bull elephants are driven out of the herd by the females because their playfulness might harm the younger calves. The males rejoin the herd only to mate and eat at common feeding grounds. Needing 300 pounds of food daily, an elephant must continuously search for nourishment. During the dry season, the herd migrates to water. When the rains return, the elephants return to the plains and greet each other by extending their trunks. If an elephant is found dead, the herd removes the loose bones from the carcass with their trunks and hides them in the brush. The film ends with footage taken at Mount Marsabit in Kenya. There lives the giant Ahmed elephant, who, at eleven feet tall with tusks weighing 150 pounds each, is one of the largest creatures on Earth. +

GENRE
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Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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