An American anthropologist and his son benefit from their experiences with an East African tribe.
Visit to A Chief’s Son is a strange mixture of anthropology, travelogue, and social commentary. Beautifully filmed by Ernest Day, who went on to work on several James Bond films, it’s the story of scientist Richard Mulligan and his attempts to get close to the Masai people of Kenya. His son, played by John Philip Hogdon in a commendably understated performance, gums up the works, and an educated-in-London Masai (Johnny Sekka) further complicates matters by messing with Mulligan’s preconceived notions about ‘the natives’. It’s not very exciting, but it is an interesting and serious look at the pressures put on tribal peoples by modernism and progress. It would be nice to see the film in its proper aspect ratio as the TV print really doesn’t do Day’s work justice.
Director: Lamont Johnson
Writers: Robert Halmi Sr. (story) (as Robert Halmi), Albert Ruben (screenplay) (as Al Ruben)
Stars: Richard Mulligan, Johnny Sekka, John Philip Hogdon
Release Date: 15 March 1974 (USA)
Also Known As: Besuch bei einem Häuptlingssohn
Filming Locations: Petersburg, Virginia, USA
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media / Version 2
Codec ID : mp42 (isom/mp42)
File size : 921 MiB
Duration : 1 h 32 min
Overall bit rate mode : Variable
Overall bit rate : 1 399 kb/s