New Movies: The Death of Tarzan

This latest arrival from the Czech cinematic surge is both sad and slapstick in an old-fashioned way. It is a Chaplinesque morality play about simple innocence in the rapacious world, aptly matched with direction and photography that point up the pastiche without collapsing into camp.

The Tarzan of the title is Baron Wolfgang von Hoppe (Rudolf Hruŝínsky), whose parents take him to the African jungle around the turn of the century to escape the sinks of civilization. Vati and Mutti promptly perish, of course, and little Wolfgang grows up among the apes....