The French-financed Groenland is the filmed record of the 1949-50 polar expedition headed by Paul-Emile Victor. After a lengthy visual introduction to the treacherous terrain of Greenland, the film segues into the expedition footage, much of which is stunningly photographed. Through clever editing, several sequences are played for suspense, though the outcome of Victor's journey was well known at the time. Some of the best scenes, including a long journey over a seemingly endless sheet of ice, are enhanced with the use of a hand-held camera. Distributed stateside by RKO, Groenland was entered into competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
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