White Thunder & The Viking (DVD)

Directed by Victoria King and Varick Frissell

Release Year: 2002
Running Time: 52
UPC: 0 14381 00162 4
Color Type: Color/B&W
Country: Canada
Language: English
Genres: Documentary
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Directed by Victoria King and Varick Frissell

White Thunder, directed by Victoria King, is a gripping account of the tragic adventure of the SS Viking and an exquisite tribute to an early film pioneer. On March 9, 1931, the SS Viking left the port of St. John's, Newfoundland, and sailed into motion picture history. On board were New York filmmaker Varick Frissell and an unusual crew of seamen and Hollywood movie people. Their mission: to shoot the final scenes for an epic feature film on the lives of Newfoundland sealers. Six days later, an accidental onboard explosion killed Frissell and 26 other men.

White Thunder explores Frissell's fascinating legacy, integrating astonishing footage from The Viking, as well as his earlier documentaries, to present evidence of a remarkable filmmaking talent.


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Special Features:

The films of Varick Frissell (courtesy of the Library and Archives of Canada) including his two silent short films The Lure of Labrador (1926, music by David Drazin), The Swilin’ Racket (a.k.a. The Great Arctic Seal Hunt. 1928, music by David Drazin), his complete sound feature The Viking (1931) and rarely seen outtakes from The Viking!


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