No director is listed for the Russian documentary feature Krassin, though Arctic explorer Viljahlmur Stefansson is credited with "editorial supervision." The title refers to the celebrated Russian ice-breaking vessel, whose crew rescued the marooned personnel of the ill-fated airship Italia in the snowy wastes of the Arctic Circle. Much of the footage was shot from the decks of the Krassin itself by Wilhelm Bluvstein, with additional scenes lensed by Ignati Valentey and Eugene Pogorov, respectively the cameramen on the back-up vessels Malyghin and Perseus. Krassin premiered in New York at Carnegie Hall, where a capacity crowd cheered on the rescue like schoolchildren. Present at the screening was Viljahlmur Stefansson, who provided a live narration -- and, incidentally, put to rest rumors that the crew of the Italia had resorted to cannibalism to stay alive.
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