Saturday, April 10, 2010

A Dash to North Pole (1909 Extract)

A bit of the goodness that is a benefit of subscribing to the BFI's YouTube channel:

This film footage of the Ziegler North Pole expedition was reissued in Britain by Charles Urban in 1909 when all things Polar were of almost obsessive interest to the British film-going public. This film shows an early American attempt on the North Pole filmed by expedition leader Anthony Fiala. It shows the expedition ship S.S. America travelling through pack ice and attempting to land and features shots of the expedition members with their dog sleds on the ice. (Bryony Dixon)

The 13th British Silent Film Festival takes place at Phoenix Square, Leicester 15th - 18th April 2010, where a host of rare and re-discovered films from the archive will be on show. For more information, visit

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