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Yes, it's true, an all color silent movie! The title refers to Leif Ericsson, who leaves Norway to search for new lands west of Greenland. On the way he vies for the love of Helga with his companion Egil and Alwin, an English slave. More conflict arises when he stops at the colony of his father (Eric the Red) in Greenland, for Leif has converted to Christianity, which his father hates. He also has to deal with the unrest of his crew, who fear falling off the edge of the Earth. Written by
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Helga finds her slave (the captured English noble Lord Alwin) reading a book that is clearly a typeset, printed volume - 450 years before Gutenberg invents the printing press. See more »
A thousand years ago, long before any white man set foot on the American shore, Viking sea rovers sailed out of the north and down the waterways of the world. These were men of might, who laughed in the teeth of the tempest, and leaped into battle with a song. Plundering - ravaging - they raided the coast of Europe - until the whole world trembled at the very name - THE VIKING.
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This is far more pleasing both as a silent action film and as an example of two-strip Technicolor than the more highly touted Fairbanks feature THE BLACK PIRATE of a few years earlier. In the latter, only reds, blues and browns registered and there was only static camerawork and no feel for muting or shading of colors. In THE VIKING the color is truly beautiful, the finest I've seen of the surviving Technicolor silents, and the story is both a well directed love story and a rousing adventure film There is a love triangle, good acting, good crowd and fight scenes and the nobility of Christian vs. pagan worship and the discovery of the New World. In addition the leading actress is both visually stunning and talented, very reminiscent of a young Sarah Bernhardt. Very highly recommended. The video print contains a symphonic and sound effects soundtrack with healthy chunks of Wagner's FLYING DUTCHMAN and DIE WALKURE woven effectively throughout.
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