The Vikings (1958)-January 2014

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  • #16132

    Diane
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    Hey all,Sorry for the delay in getting this started... I slipped on some ice and gave myself a concussion so I've been off my computer for a while. Anyways January's film is The Vikings from 1958 with Kirk Douglas! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052365/Discuss it here when you see it.  You don't necessarily have to post on historical accuracy! Post the most outrageous line or the most poignant moment, anything that grabs your fancy!If you need help finding a copy of the movie on the internet, send me a message!

  • #19903

    anonymous
    Participant

    Sad to hear about your concussion! Must be a bit of a bummer with the big freeze going on up your way Thanks for the head-up on the new film, will give a viewing – have seen it before but it was ages ago! cheers

  • #19904

    Vesta
    Participant

    A snow storm always gets me into movie mode.  So here's my response to The Vikings.This was the first time I watched The Vikings and I was really impressed with the details the director demanded.Here are some of them:The ships were replicas of Viking ships which had been dragged up from the bottom of a fjord and are now in a Norwegian museum.  Same for the Long House totems....except they weren't at the bottom of a fjord; but they were inspired by a museum display!Interestingly (to me, at least), an amphibian plane was used to shoot the boats in the fjord scenes.The clothing, at least that of the main characters, was designed from your Best-dressed Viking apparel as displayed in the  British Museum. Yes, even the oh-so-short shorts on Eric.And the horses were smaller than our present day horses.  They were rented from a zoo in Norway.OK, I'm a little picky about accuracy in historical movies, but I enjoyed watching the movie more just knowing it wasn't shot on a back-lot in Burbank.Oh yeah, and the 'running of the oars' scene was something that really had been done back in the day.

  • #19905

    Diane
    Participant

    Sigh, I am the worst. I still haven't gotten around to watching this yet. Mostly because I am having an insanely busy month with job interviews and  job hunting. I also missed posting a film poll for February. If anyone has some free time to run the film club for the next few months please feel free to take over!

  • #19906

    anonymous
    Participant

    This is one of those films that give me a nice nostalgic feelings as this used to be put on the tv on a saturday or sunday afternoon while I was a kid.So my normal 'thats not historically accurate' tendencies are switched off while I wallow in nostalgia. To me its in the same vein as the biblical epics. Although I didnt know how the director tried to be as historical as possible which in that era of film making mustve been a hard thing to do

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