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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Varick Frissell (1903-1931) and His Movie "White Thunder" Later Renamed "The Viking"

From Wikipedia...

The Viking[edit]

Frissell formed his own company, the Newfoundland-Labrador Film Company, and obtained the backing of Paramount Pictures to make a feature film, tentatively titled White Thunder. Captain Bob Bartlett played the ship's captain in this film about the Newfoundland seal hunt. This was the first Hollywood style sound film ever made in Canada. Frissell filmed most of The Viking (named for a sealing ship) in Quidi Vidi in 1930.[3]
For realistic footage, Frissell then took his crew to the Grand Banks and Labrador to film exciting action sequences. The film debuted at the Nickel Theatre at St. John's on March 5, 1931, where Frissell decided that his movie needed more real scenes from the sea ice. Within days, Frissell and his crew had boarded the SS Viking for its annual seal hunt; it got trapped in ice near the Horse Islands.[3]


On March 15, 1931, a cache of dynamite being stored in case it was needed to break the ship free from the ice pans exploded, destroying the stern of the ship, killing 27 men, including Frissell. The ship subsequently sank, and Frissell's body and his pet Newfoundland dog, Cabot, were never found.[4]

I am posting this Canadian film, not in support or opposition to seal harvesting, but rather to bring your attention to a segment of the movie's footage showing moving, shifting, monolithic ice bergs, heaving sea ice and tiny, vulnerable seal harvesters moving about on foot in this treacherous ice world providing images unmatched in film history.  Scroll the film above to 45:30 on the counter and expand the panel to full screen and watch.  Amazing!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Short-eared Owl

"With cool and silvery eyes
And a heart, it was fit for desire
Drown in a river of tears, oh a river she cried
Left her with a heart made of ashes & fire"

Ryan Adams - Ashes and Fire

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Once Upon a Walden

"It's all right while you're exploring. You get used to rotten meat, frozen fingers, lice, and dirt. The hard times come when you get back."
—Bob Bartlett (Log 13)

Monday, March 12, 2018

Snow Squalls Over Kings

"It’s the last temptation, the last account
The last time you might hear the sermon on the mount
The last radio is playing"

Bob Dylan - 'Shooting Star'