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The Epic of Everest (1924)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | 1924 (UK)
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The official record of Mallory and Irvine's 1924 expedition.

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J.B.L. Noel (as Captain Noel)

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J.B.L. Noel (as Captain Noel)
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Andrew Irvine Andrew Irvine ... Himself (mountaineer)
George Mallory George Mallory ... Himself (mountaineer)
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The official record of Mallory and Irvine's 1924 expedition. When George Mallory and Sandy Irvine attempted to reach the summit of Everest in 1924 they came closer than any previous attempt. Inspired by the work of Herbert Ponting (The Great White Silence) Captain Noel filmed in the harshest of conditions, with specially adapted equipment, to capture the drama of the fateful expedition. Written by BFI

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1924 (UK) See more »

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L'Epopée de l'Everest See more »

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1.33 : 1
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A bold attempt at filming an even bolder effort!
6 November 2015 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

One hundred years before our present era of Facebook and Instagram, George Mallory and his fellow mountaineers took a camera crew with them to record their attempt on the then-unconquered Mount Everest. Famously, they nearly succeeded but Mallory and his companion Sandy Irvine both died in the summit attempt. It's amazing to watch the film of their expedition, now restored by the Britsih Film Institute. Judged purely as a movie, it has some limitations: the camera work is pretty impressive for its time, but it lacks the colour (and associated sound) of a modern film; in addition, although each filmed scene is described in detail, the full narrative of the mission is less well explained. For example, we're told we're about to see film of a rescue attempt high above the camp, before we've been told that the attempt had even been launched, and the logistics are only ever well explained when they've been directly filmed. Still, the movie allows us to get close to a historic and tragic episode; and to admire the crazy bravery of the men who climbed into the unknown.


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