Classic film and now digitally remastered in colour. Highly influential, Largely forgotten-and lots of fun
SHE is an all-powerful woman who has been given the Flame of Eternal life and who dwells in an Arctic snow palace in this early special-effects adventure fantasy. Based on H. Rider Haggard's 1887 novel.
"From H. Rider Haggard's weird, wondrous story of the beautiful woman who bathed in flame and lived 500 years .. at last to find her first love at this very hour! "
Leo Vincey, told by his dying uncle of a lost land visited 500 years ago by his ancestor, heads out with family friend Horace Holly to try to discover the land and its secret of immortality, said to be contained within a mystic fire. Picking up Tanya, a guide's daughter, in the frozen Russian arctic, they stumble upon Kor, revealed to be a hidden civilization ruled over by an immortal queen, called She, who believes Vincey is her long-lost lover John Vincey, Leo's ancestor
Actors: Helen Gahagan, Randolph Scott, Helen Mack & Nigel Bruce
Director : Lansing C. Holden & Irving Pichel
This film exists today only because silent film star Buster Keaton had a copy of the original print stored in his garage, which he gave to film historian Raymond Rohauer for preservation.
The sets, costumes, etc. were all prepared for a colour film. At the last minute, RKO pulled Merian C. Cooper's budget, and so, he was forced to shoot the film in black and white. Friend Ray Harryhausen and Legend Films later colorized the film as a tribute to Cooper.