1954 – The Naked Jungle

★★★☆☆ USA. 1h35m. Adventure. Directed by Byron Haskin. Written by Ranald MacDougall, Ben Maddow, Philip Yordan (screenplay) and Carl Stephenson (“Leiningen Versus The Ants”). Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo. Edited by Everett Douglas. Music by Daniele Amfitheatrof. Starring Eleanor Parker, Charlton Heston, Abraham Sofaer, William Conrad, Romo Vincent, Douglas Fowley, John Dierkes, Leonard Strong.

The story of an attack of army ants on a Brazilian cocoa plantation. It is noteworthy for its use of special effects, especially the time-lapse photography, which was a hallmark of George Pal, and is often said to have been overlooked that year in the Oscar for Special Effects. However, the film is largely an unconventional romance, while the special effects, though impressive, are confined to the final scenes of the film.

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