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Eskimo (1933)

Passed | | Drama | 10 January 1934 (USA)
The happy life of an Eskimo is disastrously changed when he mingles with an unscrupulous white trader.

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(translated to the screen by), (from the books "Der Eskimo" and "Die Flucht ins weisse Land")
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Edgar Dearing ...
Constable Balk (uncredited)
Peter Freuchen ...
Captain (uncredited)
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Captain's Mate (uncredited)
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Iva (uncredited)
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Mala, aka Kripik (uncredited)
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Sergeant Hunt (uncredited)
Harold Seabrook ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Inspector White (uncredited)
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Mala leads a contented life as the best hunter in his Canadian Arctic tribe, providing meat, fish and birds with his great skill. When another tribe member returns from trading furs with the white men for items such as a gun and an iron needle, Mala's wife, Aba, urges him to make the 500-mile trek across the frozen tundra to do the same. After the long night of winter, Mala does go with his family to the white man's "floating house" in Tjarnak. The friendly captain makes trade for Mala's excellent furs, but upsets Mala when he insists that Aba sleep with him that night. "He didn't even ask me!" Mala complains. Afterwards, the captain suggests that Mala go whale hunting and promises not to touch his wife, so Mala agrees. But news of a successful catch spurs a celebration on board ship, and the captain has Aba forcibly removed from her tent, plied with liquor, and then he rapes her. In the morning, the still-drunk Aba staggers from the ship, but collapses in the snow, where she is ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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10 January 1934 (USA)  »

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Esquimó  »

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$950,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This is the first film to ever win an Academy Award for Editing (1934 was the first year when an Oscar for Editing was introduced.) See more »

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Night on Bald Mountain
(1867) (uncredited)
Excerpt music by Modest Mussorgsky
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Beautiful docudrama with shimmering cinematography.

I want to add to the praise for the production of this film, especially the luminous cinematography. Firelight glistening off of smooth and muscled skin creates stunningly beautiful imagery. The film was nominated for (and won) a single Oscar - the first given for editing. Mala's performance is moody, penetrating and powerful.


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