Superb images and very explanatory, which I like in this context. I consider this film very much affiliated to Bill Nichols' Documentary idea of documentary. That said; the voice-over is romanticizing a bit too much and the density of the text is leaving no space for images and/or scenes to unfold to their own strength...
Da schwingt, für heutiges Empfinden, ein unerträglicher Ton mit: Mensch, mach dir die Natur untertan! Mehr als 60 Jahre danach, mag man das Pathos nicht mehr vertreten können, es bleibt nur mehr die Trauer über den Tod der Tiere und die Katastrophe unserer Zivilisation.
Very interesting documentary, fantastic background music. Very nice filming. And very cruel. However, people's only choice to survive there. I didnt know that whalestuff is used for making perfumes. The glamour industry is of course one of the most nonethical and corrupt industries...helping the poor people of the Azores to make a living.
The accentuation of human heroism in the commentaries as well as the - even for the late 1950s - uncritical words about the need of whale ingredients for the perfume industry are very irritating today. Nonetheless the film is interesting as a study of traditional life on the Azores.