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S.O.S. Iceberg

S.O.S. Iceberg

Rod La Rocque
Director: Arnold Fanck, Tay Garnett Cast: Rod La Rocque
Rod La Rocque
, Leni Riefenstahl
Leni Riefenstahl
Arnold Fanck, Tay Garnett,


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In the same year that she directed Victory of the Faith (1933), her first of several famous cinematic projects for the Nazi Party, German actress and filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl played a supporting role in this epic adventure, co-written and co-directed by her frequent "mountain film" collaborator Dr. Arnold Fanck. Rod La Rocque stars as Dr. Carl Lawrence, leader of a mission to Greenland to recover the lost records of the ill-fated, real-life Alfred Lothar Wegener polar expedition of 1929-30. Lawrence's party includes experienced explorer/guides, as well as an adventure-seeking financier, who is in over his head and slowly driven mad by the perils of the voyage. When Lawrence's band is trapped on an iceberg, Lawrence's wife Ellen (Riefenstahl) -- a famous female pilot fashioned after Amelia Earhart -- takes off on a rescue mission, but she crashes her aircraft upon landing and is stranded along with the others. Before total disaster claims the Lawrence party, however, native eskimos and Major Ernst Udet (playing himself) arrive via kayak to save the day. Two surviving members of the Wegener party served as advisors for this well-received Man vs. Nature treatise, filmed on location in Greenland.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/08/2005
UPC: 0738329042226
Original Release: 1933
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Lorber
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 2:42:00
Sales rank: 71,251

Special Features

Alternate English language version; Optional English subtitles; Photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rod La Rocque Dr. Carl Lawrence
Leni Riefenstahl Ellen Lawrence
Sepp Rist Dr. Johannes Brand
Gibson Gowland John Dragan
Max Holzboer Dr. Jan Matushek
Gustav Diessl Actor

Technical Credits
Arnold Fanck Director
Tay Garnett Director,Screenwriter
Richard Angst Cinematographer
Paul Dessau Score Composer
Gustav Diessl Cinematographer
Gibson Gowland Cinematographer
Hermann Haller Editor
Edwin H. Knopf Screenwriter
Rod La Rocque Cinematographer
Carl Laemmle Producer
Andrew Marton Editor
Tom Reed Screenwriter
Leni Riefenstahl Cinematographer
Sepp Rist Cinematographer
Hans Schneeberger Cinematographer
Ernst Udet Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- S.O.S. Iceberg
1. Opening Titles [:09]
2. Mapping Out a Plan [:11]
3. Outpost Abandoned [6:13]
4. Precarious Launch [5:03]
5. Polar Bear [5:13]
6. Finding Karl [6:12]
7. S.O.S. Iceberg [5:32]
8. Leap of Faith [5:26]
9. Among the Wreckage [11:22]
10. Stuggle for Survival [10:42]
11. Hope in the Air [8:38]
12. Native Fleet [6:02]
1. Opening Titles [:09]
2. Charting a Course [7:13]
3. The Barren Wasteland [3:12]
4. The Wegener Camp [8:16]
5. Finding Carl [11:15]
6. S.O.S. Iceberg [5:24]
7. Salvation Denied [7:58]
8. Leap of Faith [6:13]
9. Second Chance [6:28]
10. Polar Bear [8:22]
11. Native Fleet [5:08]
12. Epilogue [5:41]

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