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The Great White Silence (1924)

 -  Documentary  -  1924 (UK)
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In 1910 the British Antarctic Expedition, led by Capt. Robert F. Scott, embarks from Lyttleton, NZ on a quest to become the first to reach the South Pole.

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In 1910 the British Antarctic Expedition, led by Capt. Robert F. Scott, embarks from Lyttleton, NZ on a quest to become the first to reach the South Pole.

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Important film but dull viewing
13 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'd like to be able to say this was a great film but in all honesty I can't. At least half of it is taken up by Ponting anthropomorphising about the animals he filmed. Scott's push for the pole and tragic end are depicted from footage by Ponting but he did not go with them so it isn't any better than modern reconstructions in documentaries. The best bits are the contemporary footage of the early preparations and passage to Antarctica. The choice of music for the soundtrack is pretty dire – the Vaughn Williams score for the John Mills film would have been predictable but would have been better.

This is the film as released in 1924 and as such is an important historical artefact so I shouldn't complain too much. However, a better treatment would be to use the best material in a documentary and release it on DVD/Blu-Ray with the full original as bonus material for those who really want to see the whole thing. As a viewing experience for a modern audience it's pretty dull and doesn't tell you what you really want to know.


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