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Directed by Robert Flaherty and Zoltán Korda • 1937 • United Kingdom
Robert Flaherty and Zoltán Korda shared best director honors at the Venice Film Festival for collaborating on this charming translation of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book story "Toomai of the Elephants." A harmonious mix of the two filmmakers' styles, Flaherty's adeptness at ethnographic documentary meeting Korda's taste for grand adventure, Elephant Boy also served as the breakthrough showcase for the thirteen-year-old Sabu, whose beaming performance as a young mahout leading the British on an expedition made him a major international star.