Luke, a young sailor and fisherman, who thinks he is jinx-ridden, has to be persuaded, and taunted,before he will join a sealing-expedition in the Artic; first by his sweetheart, so he can ... See full summary »
Cheri-Bibi is an escape artist wrongly imprisoned for murdering the wealthy father of his admirer Cecile. The real murderer is Cecile's fiancé, so how will Bibi escape his death sentence and win back Cecile?
This remake of West of Zanzibar (1928) made four years later tries to outdo the Lon Chaney original in morbidity. From a wheelchair a handicapped white man rules an area of Africa as a ... See full summary »
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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When the film opened at the Embassy Theatre in New York City 28 November 1928 it was still silent and was accompanied by a live orchestral accompaniment. In December 1928 a musical score was recorded, sound-on-disc, and this was the version distributed by MGM in 1929. See more »
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 »
Now that you are here - I shall wed you in the ancient Viking fashion - after the second change of the moon.
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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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