The films that Indian boy actor Sabu (Selar Shaik) made in the 1930s and ’40s used to be staples on Saturday-morning television. Now they’ve gotten a welcome three-DVD Criterion Collection retrospective.
All three films—Elephant Boy (1937), The Drum (1938), and Jungle Book (1942)—were directed by Zoltán Korda (who also directed The Four Feathers, featured earlier this month on VSL). Sabu is just as we remembered him, though we were surprised to find that he was older in real life than we imagined him to be—a teenager rather than a boy. And whatever you make of their celebration of British colonial values, the films themselves are beautifully paced and put together.
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