Sunday, February 21, 2016
Tarzan's Fight for Life (1958)
For example in checking a few details for TARZAN’S FIGHT FOR LIFE I went to IMDB and found that reaction to the film was much less positive than what I felt. To me the film is an enjoyable one, filled with more intrigue than action. I liked that the film concentrated more on plot than most of the other films. Several people on IMDB were less thrilled with the talk and African lensed footage. I liked the change of pace, which many of the people just taking it as a random film were unimpressed.
Their loss. I really liked this film a great deal.
The plot of the film has Tarzan trying to help Dr Sturdy who is setting up a hospital in the jungle. The doctor is running on the bad side of Futa a witch doctor who feels threatened by the medicine. It’s something Tarzan tells his former friend out right early in the film in an intriguing exchange that foreshadows modern politics where unless you believe in lock step with a leader you’re labeled an enemy. The film becomes a battle between the two sides as Futa tries to ruin the hospital and the doctors try to remain safe.
For me the joy of the film is the back forth. I like that while we know Tarzan will come out on top, we don’t know how we are going to get there. Characters die, actions have consequences, future events are foreshadowed. It’s a much more complex film than pretty much any film in the series since the third or fourth Weissmuller. To me this is light years above the previous three films in the series.