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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 ... Self (mountaineer)
George Mallory ... Self (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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Absolutely stunning film.
12 February 2015 | by perkin2000See all my reviews

Comprised entirely of silent footage taken during the Mallory and Irvine expedition of 1924.

I doubt I'm revealing much of a spoiler when I say it didn't end well. Knowing the fate that befell the young men on the mountain, it makes the footage all the more poignant, particularly the early scenes featuring smiling, optimistic faces at the beginning of their challenge.

Although digitally remastered, it's hard to believe your watching footage that is (almost) a century old. The skies, the mountain peaks, and the small, close details captured on film look almost as fresh as anything from the modern era.

There is a subtle ambient soundtrack played throughout the film that really adds to both the impressive, otherworldly landscape of wonder and the creeping, inescapable finality of how it will play out. A strangely disturbing mix of the ephemeral and the eternal. (Easily the most pretentious thing I've typed in years!)

Brilliant.


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UK

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Release Date:

1924 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

L'Epopée de l'Everest See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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