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The Viking1931

  • 3.3
Set against the backdrop of the icy, oceanic dangers of the Newfoundland seal hunt, this film is technically and thematically a remarkable example of maverick filmmaking in the north. An extraordinary portrait of a people's dramatic struggle for existence, with extensive actuality footage of shipboard life and the hunt itself woven into the story, it captures scenes that had never before been recorded on film and cost twenty-six lives in the making.

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The imagery is certainly vivid, but is any film worth the "cost twenty-six lives in the making?" I say the same as an early film made about whaling, let's not confuse bravery with economic desperation and barbarism. The seal trade existed for style and depended on the desperate need of the maritime province fishermen for cash. Had the rich not wanted to show off sealskin and the poor not needed feed their families at any cost, hundreds of human lives would not have been lost over the years and the clubbing of thousands of infant seals would never have occurred.

The bravery of these men is extraordinary. It is so realistically depicted. Hard to believe what men went through to survive. An amazing feat of filming under very dangerous conditions. If people had to do stuff like this in this day and age, I

doubt it would get done!