Scott of the Antarctic
Captain Scott embarks on his final expedition in this gripping Technicolor classic.
John Mills, James Robertson Justice, Kenneth More
UK 1948. 107min
Ealing Studios’ ambitious Technicolor rendering of the 1910-13 Terra Nova Expedition was pitched as a morale-boosting tale of bravery for the postwar doldrums. Stiff upper lips abound, yet the film packs a complex emotional punch and respects veracity: interviews with surviving team members and Captain Scott’s widow informed the screenplay, while cinematographer Jack Cardiff consulted Herbert Ponting’s original expedition footage. With a stirring Vaughan Williams score, this remastered classic is best experienced on the big screen.
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