Once in a great while a picture is photographed with exciting originality. Subordinating plot and characterization, it unrolls before an untiring andionce, which never ceases to admire the ingenious technique, artistic angles, and gradations in color of black and white film.
Such a picture is "The Ski Chase," featuring the excellent ski ability of Hannes Schneider. Its popularity with Boston and especially Harvard is shown in the fact that today it enters its fifth week of showing. Laid in the spacious, snow-deepened mountains of the Austrian Tyrol, this German production gives an unusual and varied conception of the winter sport. even though one doesn't know much about skiing, the feats and easy grace of the fifty or more skiers must be admired. Men and snow make a beautiful combination, anyway, and when skis are added, the result is an abundance of action.
A shadow of a plot helps to sustain the interest. The great Hannes and his new protege are made the "foxes" in a hunt on skis. Distinguished by caps, the two set out on the trail. Soon a mad chase ensues, and up great slops of crusty snow, down mountains perilous with crevices, and over the expansive ranges of the Tyrol the two are tracked by fifty pairs of skis. Rich comedy is afforded by a ludicrous dwarf and giant pair, whose antics on skis are similar to those in last year's "Slalom."
In keeping with the main feature is an exciting Mickey Mouse called "On Ice." On the other hand, two types of travelogues--both of tropical savor--are offered for the moviegoer. Rather mediocre is "Damascus and Jerusalem," which covers ancient ground in very old fashion. By now the public should be filled to the point where it suffers pain with travelogues which persist in presenting new lands from the same outlook. Although this does not commit the mistake of Fitpatrick productions, which Mr. Fitzpatrick always concludes with a mournful "We take a reluctant leave of the fair city of So and So," it clearly bares the need for something new in this kind of film entertainment. The other type of travelogue is "Wings Over the West," an interesting revelation of how Pan-American flies the Caribbean.
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