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Tarzan, aux sources du mythe

Tarzan, aux sources du mythe

Robert De Young

France | 2017 | 52 min
French, English |
Subtitles: French
Available on November 5, 2021.

The literary creation of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan first appeared in 1912 in an American magazine and quickly became an icon of 20th century pop culture. Although extremely popular with audiences, this classic superhero has also been the source of great controversy and criticism, especially for the stereotypical view of Africa and its natives” that the comics promoted; not to mention for the scantily clad, erotic versions of Tarzan and Jane played by actors Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan and the ensuing uproar in Hollywood. Deemed too violent and harmful for younger readers, future screen depictions of Tarzan met with censorship, and the comic strips with a publication ban. But despite the heated debates surrounding the character, themes such as cruelty to animals, colonialism, slavery, and society’s morals were also addressed in the stories. This documentary throws new light on the evolution of the character of Tarzan and the countless media incarnations that have guaranteed his longevity and his place in cultural heritage.
Director Robert De Young
Producer Eric Ellena

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Robert De Young

Robert De Young

Robert de Young is an Australian producer-director known for his work on Australian radio shows and feature films. In 2007, Robert de Young wrote and produced the documentary Tasmanian Devil: The Fast and Furious Life of Errol Flynn selected for the Melbourne and Sydney festivals, broadcast by ABC (Australia), Arte, BBC, AVRO, DR TV, YLE and TV Ontario. In 2010, he wrote and produced a documentary about author and journalist Lilian Roxon presented at festivals in Toronto, Melbourne and Rome and broadcast by SBS (Australia) and YLE. In 2011, he produced and directed a documentary about Australian actor Peter Finch which was broadcast by SBS (Australia), Ovation and Biography. He is currently making a documentary about Australian actor Rod Taylor for Australian channel ABC.

Biographies have been provided by third parties.
Sam Spiegel: Conquering Hollywood (2018); Tarzan: The Man Behind the Legend (2017); Rod Taylor: Pulling No Punches (2016); Mad As Hell: Peter Finch (2011)

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