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The Jungle Book

Released 1942
Distributor United Artists

Sabu plays Mowgli, a kinetic young adventurer who gets to cavort with a parade of talking animals in the most sumptuous jungle setting this side of the Garden of Eden. The 1942 film was a family affair, directed by Zoltán Korda, produced by his brother Alexander and art directed by his other brother Vincent. But the real stars are cinematographers Lee Garmes and W. Howard Greene who transform the forest’s dense foliage and bright flowers into a Technicolor playground. 

About Ernest Dickerson

In the tradition of Mario Bava and Jack Cardiff, Ernest Dickerson is an Emmy and Peabody-award winning film and television veteran. The NYU grad photographed many films for director Spike Lee, including Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Mo' Better Blues and Malcolm X. In 1992 he made his feature directorial debut with Juice and has been working steadily ever since with credits like Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight, Bulletproof, Bones and Never Die Alone. Dickerson's acclaimed TV work includes AMC's The Walking Dead and Low Winter Sun, Showtime's Dexter, and HBO's The Wire and Treme, for which he won a 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Director.