Kipling on Film
Six classic films inspired by the works of Rudyard Kipling, most set in India before the Brexit from the subcontinent.
In this coming-of-age adventure classic from the director of The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind, a spoiled rich kid on a transatlantic cruise ship falls overboard and is rescued by a Portuguese-American fisherman.
One of Hollywood’s greatest action-adventure-comedies focuses on three British soldiers stationed in colonial India. When they’re not horsing around or trying to thwart a comrade’s marriage, they battle a rebellious cult of religious fanatics—with the help of their humble water boy.
Part adventure film, part ethnographic documentary (by the great Robert Flaherty no less), this film version of a story in Kipling’s The Jungle Book focuses on a young Indian boy who helps his mahout father round up a herd of wild elephants for the British government.
In late 19th-century India, two ex-British soldiers, both con artists, journey to remote Kafiristan to set themselves up as rulers and gods—and swindle the natives out of their riches. This exotic, exciting adventure movie doubles as a moral allegory.
The first film version of Kipling’s classic is a splendid Technicolor adventure fantasy about a young Indian boy raised by wolves and able to communicate with wild animals.
A London painter slowly losing his sight due to an old war wound struggles to finish his masterpiece—a portrait of a cockney girl—before going completely blind.