The Cold

This is a treat — a riveting short film, produced by the BBC, made available on YouTube by its director, David Cobham.

A fairly straight filming of a Jack London short story, by a filmmaker with considerable experience of nature filming. Narrated by Orson Welles — and it’s one of Welles’ great performances. His flair for the dramatic is in perfect synch with the material. Just by sounding a bit concerned, Welles stokes the flames of suspense. Understatement may not be something you associate with old Orson, but he’s a master of it. It’s just that his understatement is naturally a bit bigger than most.

Enjoy!

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3 Responses to “The Cold”

  1. Fiona here – This was awesome! It’s like Gravity with snow and a husky. I was shouting at the tv and going “aaaarrrrghhh!” in suspense.

  2. The Mercury Theatre On The Air’s 14th show was HELL ON ICE, a true-life story of men pitted against the freezing polar wastes. http://podbay.fm/show/288417909/e/1154404860?autostart=1

  3. Excellent! I must listen to that…

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