Polar Film Club: Mush! To the Movies! Eskimo!
US, 1933, 117 min., Digital Projection
Directed by W.S. Van Dyke
This screening is sponsored by McIntyre Ranch
Filmed in Inupiat (Alaskan Inuit language) with English intertitles This Academy Award-winning film, based on the book "Eskimo" by Peter Freuchen (Danish anthropologist, writer, and Hollywood Script Advisor for all things Arctic related) and starring Ray Mala, recounts the tribulations of Alaskan Inuit and non-Native traders who visit an Alaskan village and wreak havoc among the families there. Meant to deal with the effect of Western culture on remote societies, the film displays the early Hollywood symptom of trivializing the very society it attempts to elevate. In Freuchen's later book, "Vagrant Viking," he recounts his Hollywood experiences through stories of being cheated by producers, being forced to hurry from Denmark only to be denied entry to the MGM lot for months, and going mad from idleness as it did not suit him "to be paid for doing nothing." This film is not available on DVD. Screening will be attended by members of the Mala family.
Preceding Short Film:
Northern Lights Over Mount Halde
US, 2013, 7 1/2 min., Digital Projection in 3D
Directed by Morten Skallerud
Northern Lights over Mount Halde is based on real events, persons and places in the history of Norwegian Northern Lights research. Much of the film is shot on location at the Halde mountain, where the remains of the world's first permanent Northern Lights Observatory are still to be seen today. Most of the film is presented in 3-dimensional silhouette against the night sky. Northern Lights scenes are also filmed in 3D, using two cameras some kilometeres apart. Here we can see shapes and figures of the Aurora in a way that is impossible with the naked eye.
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