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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 67%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 922

Keywords:   canada

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by kergillian 7 / 10

A strong, early Canadian film

I taped this film for three reasons - one) I wanted to see whether an early silent film from Canada would be any good. two) it's a restored print, and though I heard the old print of this was horridly damaged, this one was supposed to be MUCH better (it isn't half bad). And with the freshly recorded piano score, it didn't seem restored, either. three) It's supposed to be a well-regarded but highly underrated (and unknown) film, and that made me curious.

This film should be a classic! (At least in Canada). One of, if not the first Canadian films, and with a fairly low budget, it's actually rather impressive. Yet no one I know has heard of it, or even realizes film was being made in Canada this far back.

The story is a touch cliche, and there's a fair amount of schlock (prevalent in many silent films of the late teens/early twenties), but the story is interesting enough to keep my interest and the scenery is quite taking. And I was most surprised at the cinematography and editing, which is far more advanced then I expected.

It's not Birth of a Nation, it's not Metropolis, it's not Nosferatu. But it's well worth watching, and should really be shown more, if not at the Rep houses, then on TV at least. 7/10.

Reviewed by credmond 5 / 10

Canada's oldest feature film still available

Hard to rate this thing on anything other than a funny reminder of

how Canada was and will always be renowned for Mounties,

snow, and wildlife. The scandalous "nude scene" where Nell Shipman is bathing

under a waterfall is what gave this film an audience, but definitely

not why it's still around today. It's actually a decent story where the

spirit of a dead Eskimo is incarnated into a husky, but that angle

doesn't really have any significance until the end of the film when

it's revisited. Most surprisingly, I found, was how progressive of a role Nell had

way back in 1919. She drives the plot and essentially rescues

herself from a lot of the danger, something Hollywood is still

reluctant to do. It wasn't actually the first feature film made in Canada

("Evangeline" was in 1913), but it's the earliest one left that has

been preserved. If for no other reason, you gotta check it our just

for that!

Reviewed by funkyfry 6 / 10

Your basic snowy melodrama?

Contrived story surrounds a woman who is being blackmailed by a ship's captain who has killed her father and threatens to kills her ailing husband. She's saved by a dog. This is lifted a level above most of its ilk by the quality of its dark, harsh vision: from the first, we're in an arctic canada wher ruthlessness is the rule, as a dog's owner is killed in a bar for no reason (except that he's a "chinaman") much to the amusement of the bar's denizens. Good atmosphere.

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