Saturday, February 25, 2012
The Viking (1928), Atlantic (1929) 1st "talkie" Titanic film 1 DVD
The Viking (1928) Pauline Starke, Donald Crisp ALL Color silent gem!
From the IMDB: "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."
Director Roy William Neil helmed most of the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes films and Roy knew even in 1928 how to move a film right along. It's loaded with viking sword fight action. The young hero is played by Le Roy Mason, who went on to a long career in B-westerns as the head bad guy vs. John Wayne, Roy, Hoppy, Gene and more. Le Roy is right up there with Roy Barcroft and Douglas Dumbrille. The older hero who plays Leif Ericson is Donald Crisp, silent film director and distinguished actor from The Birth of Nation to his Oscar role in How Green Was My Valley. Pauline Starke appeared in Griffith's Intolerance (1916) and was 27 when she made The Viking. Alas, that's too old for a leading lady in Hollywood and Pauline's zenith was also her farewell to stardom.
Because of the technical limitation of their previous process with printing sound, the film is also the first time a feature film used Technicolor's dye-transfer process. (The previous Technicolor Process 2 used two prints—one red, one green—cemented base-to-base.) The film was considered the finest use of color cinematography at the time of release. The film still survives and remains an impressive example of early color film. The film was based on the novel The Thrall of Leif the Lucky, itself based on Viking history, written by Ottilie A. Liljencrantz.
In 1938, Technicolor president Herbert Kalmus later wrote,
There seemed to be two principal troubles with The Viking, both of which I suspected but without certainty. First it came out among the very last silent pictures in 1929, and second, whiskers. Leif Ericson, the Viking hero true to character had a long curling mustache, whereas American audiences prefer their lovers smooth-shaven. At times the whole screen seemed filled with Viking whiskers.
The film critic for the New York Times agreed, noting that "the figures often look as if they had stepped out of an opera comique," and, "The make-up of the players is often more than a trifle overdone, especially when the villain reveals on close inspection his mouse-colored eyelids."
Plot - The storyline was based on traditional legend concerning Leif Ericson and the first Viking settlers to reach North America by sea.
Early sound and color technology - The sound was recorded in the Movietone sound-on-film system originally developed by Fox Film Corporation, with color by Technicolor in their new dye transfer process, now known as Process 3.
The film was produced by the Technicolor Corporation, but was distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, after production chief Irving Thalberg became impressed with the technology. The film carries the MGM Leo the Lion logo in color. In 1930, MGM reissued the film as a color sound musical film titled The Private Life of Leif Ericson. The sound film survives today as well as the silent version.
Atlantic (1929) Titanic Film
The first "talkie" Titanic film. Produced by E.A. Dupont and based on the stage play "The Berg". Later renamed "Titanic: Disaster in The Atlantic".
Atlantic (1929) is a British black-and-white film, directed and produced by Ewald André Dupont and starring Franklin Dyall and Madeleine Carroll. Three versions were made, one in the United Kingdom, one in Germany, and one in France (Atlantis, 1930). There was a further version released in Denmark, although this was a silent film and used different footage and an altered storyline.
Atlantic is a drama film based on the RMS Titanic and set aboard a fictional ship, called the Atlantic. The main plotline revolves around a man who has a shipboard affair with a fellow passenger, which is eventually discovered by his wife. The ship also has aboard an elderly couple, the Rools, who are on their anniversary cruise. Midway across the Atlantic Ocean, the Atlantic strikes an iceberg and is damaged to the point where it is sinking into the Atlantic. A shortage of lifeboats causes the crew to only allow women and children in and many couples are separated. Mrs. Rool refuses to leave her husband and after the boats are gone all the passengers gather on the deck and sing "Nearer, My God, to Thee" as the Atlantic sinks into the ocean. The final scenes depict a group of passengers saying the Lord's Prayer in a flooding lounge.
Directed by Ewald André Dupont
Produced by Ewald André Dupont, John Maxwell, James Scura
Written by Victor Kendall, Ernest Raymond
Starring Franklin Dyall, Madeleine Carroll
Music by John Reynders
Cinematography, Charles Rosher
Editing by Emile de Ruelle
Distributed by British International Pictures
Release date(s)- 15 November 1929
Running time - 90 min. (U.S.)... 87 min. (U.K.)... 83 min. (Danish version)
Country - UK Language - English
2 films on one no-region DVD in DVD/CD sleeve, photo label.
Guaranteed, replaced with same title.