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JUNGLE WOMAN

Australia, 1926 (MIFF 1961, A Tribute To Frank Hurley)

Director: Frank Hurley

This early Australian melodrama deals with two stranded gold prospectors, South and Mardyke, who visit the Bunda-Bunda Plantation at the outskirts of Merauke in New Guinea. They set out on the expedition, but are captured by head-hunters, South being wounded. The captive maiden, Hurana, intervenes for their lives with the chief, Mardyke escapes, ultimately returns to Bunda-Bunda, while Hurana nurses South back to health.

The Stoll Company claimed that they travelled 40,000 miles to make this film. It is excellently photographed and efficiently made under very difficult jungle conditions, with several spectacular scenes involving masses of natives.

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