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The White Dawn Details

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Director [[Performer~P96903~Philip Kaufman~philipkaufman]] took his production of Eskimo life to actual locations in the Arctic Circle, making it only the third film in history (after [[Feature~V34452~Nanook of the North~nanookofthenorth]] and [[Performer~P228046~Eskimo~eskimo]]) to shoot there. Kaufman also employs authentic Eskimo dialect in the film, which adds a heightened bit of realism. The story concerns three whalers -- Billy ([[Performer~P53739~Warren Oates~warrenoates]]), Daggett ([[Performer~P7587~Timothy Bottoms~timothybottoms]]), and Portagee (Louis Gossett Jr.) -- who becomes stranded in the Arctic Circle and are rescued by a tribe of Eskimos. Living in the Eskimo village, the three men introduce the chief vices of their civilization -- gambling, thievery, and Western-style sex -- to the isolated Eskimo village. At first the natives put up with the behavior of the Westerners, but as their ways begin to encroach upon the traditional Eskimo customs, the villagers begin to resist the three men's habits. A clash of cultures results. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Crew

Philip Kaufman
Director
Martin Ransohoff
Producer
Don Guest
Producer
Tom Rickman
Screenwriter
Martin Ransohoff
Screenwriter
Michael Chapman
Cinematographer
Henry Mancini
Composer (Music Score)
Richard Lightstone
Sound/Sound Designer
Don Carmody
Location Manager
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