Known for his tragically short life -- he was killed in 1931 along with twenty-six others during the production of the feature film The Viking when the ship of the title suddenly exploded -- documentarian and Robert Flaherty-protégé Varick Frissell shot his silent documentary short The Lure of Labrador in 1926, just prior to his graduation from Yale University. The film, inspired by Frissell's explorations of the Hamilton River in Newfoundland and Labrador with fellow Yale student Jim Hillier, focuses solely on that river, providing a visual record of it. With The Lure of Labrador, Frissell attempts to capture the aesthetic appeal of the river and charts the northernmost reaches of the Canadian wilderness. Available only to film archives for decades, Labrador underwent a restoration fromMilestone Film & Video eighty years after the film took its initial bows, accompanied by a David Drazin score. It has since appeared on home video.
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