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    Odd story, mostly intertitles, about the lost polar airship, Italia. Reconstruction sequence of rescue of crew, using models.

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    Full titles read: "Polar Airship "Italia" Lost? - Pathe Gazette presents dramatic and exclusive pictures, taken at risk, of ill-fated expedition."

    Somewhere in the Arctic.
    Intertitle reads: "General Nobile - the Commander." [New intertitle] "The famous Italian Ace... Major Maddelena's first attempts were unsuccessful... later he located and rescued the lost airmen, adrift on the pack ice." [New intertitle] "Spitzbergen - Capt. Larsen... sent by Norwegian Government... is first to arrive on the scene."

    L/S of a seaplane; a man standing on the wing is putting on overalls; another man stands beside him; on the water beside the plane is a rowing boat. High angle L/S of one of the men starting off the propellor of the plane, and it starts to move off. (This sequence probably belongs before the previous intertitle, but I am not convinced it is actually Maddelena or Larsen.)

    Intertitle reads: "The Pathe Gazette presents exclusively... " [New intertitle] "...the most dramatic News-picture taken yet." [New intertitle] "...the search and discovery from the air of marooned crew of wrecked Polar Airship "Italia"." [New intertitle] "No book... no play... no film, has such a moment of drama as these pictures of discovery of the tiny encampment of crew of wrecked Airship "ITALIA" on the vast icefields [sic] of the Polar Seas."
    High angle L/S of a model ice-floe, on which is seen a tiny figure with outstretched arms beneath some improvised flags and a little tent; another figure stands to the left. Closer shot of the model with the front of the plane in the picture. M/S zooming over the model, as if we are in a plane. (This is obviously a reconstruction! Not very convincing in this day and age, but perhaps it was in 1928.) Followed by a brief, real shot from a plane as we fly over ice-floes and snow-covered mountains.
    Note: there is probably some missing footage from the beginning of this story, some of which may show the expedition's relief ship, 'The City of Milan'.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:06:26:00 / 01:08:30:00
    G 1508

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