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White Thunder (2002)

Starring: King,Victoria
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Sku: 40699741
UPC: 014381001624
UPC 14: 00014381001624
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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. Directed by native Newfoundlander Victoria King, this gripping account of that tragic adventure is an exquisite tribute to an early film pioneer. With two successful documentaries under his belt, Frissell secured the backing of Paramount Pictures to make a feature sound film, "The Viking," and, with his large crew, hauled heavy camera and sound equipment to the rolling ice floes of the North Atlantic. The legendary Bob Bartlett (captain of Robert E. Peary's expeditions to the North Pole) plays himself, working alongside the local sealers and American actors. Tragically, with the explosion, the shot-on-location melodrama turned into one of Hollywood's worst disasters. 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.
Editor's Note
The story of Varick Frissell is one of the most tragic in the real-life history of Hollywood, made even more so by the early talent the filmmaker exhibited. Influenced by Robert Flaherty, a pioneer of documentary film and Frissell's mentor, Frissell had a vision for the future of documentary film; in pursuit of this vision, he approached Paramount with a project on Newfoundland seal hunters. The studio agreed to fund his film, impressed by the two previous documentaries he had made, THE LURE OF LABRADOR and THE SWILIN' RACKET; Frissell soon embarked on the SS Viking, manned by a large crew of seamen and production people, from the port of St. John, Newfoundland. Six days later, a freak explosion on the ship killed Frissell and 26 other crew members, and left the rest of the passengers stranded on the ice floes. This documentary of a Hollywood melodrama-turned-tragedy was directed by native Newfoundlander Victoria King; integrating vintage footage from the Viking with clips from Frissell's earlier films, WHITE THUNDER creates a testament to Varick's courage and filmmaking acumen, as well as a stunning portrait of the stark beauty of this isolated corner of the world.
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Image
Video Release Date Release Date: 12/7/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 52 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 0016MLDVD
Video UPC UPC: 00014381001624
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Victoria King - Director
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Product attributeActor:   King,Victoria
Product attributeLabel:   Image Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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