The Epic Of Everest

Year: 
1924
Director: 
Captain John Noel
Review: 
This is the BFI restoration of the original print. It is in black and white with some original tinting. It's the Everest story that everyone knows - Mallory and Irvine disappearing on the way to or from the summit. I spent the best part of a year in Tibet over 5 visits in the '80's and '90's, also spending a bit of time on the slopes of Everest. Noel's film brought it all back. The terrain has not of course changed much but one could argue that the Tibetan people themselves are continuing to suffer as much now politically as they were back in the 1920s economically. It seemed right to see this on Armistice Sunday as the men who went on this expedition from Britain were mainly survivors of the Great War. The captioned commentary emphasised this as well as a more spiritual attitude towards the mountain. I can really imagine the audiences the first time around looking at the footage like we do at scenes from spaceships. And...it really is good to read that 'Himalaya' is the plural!
Might appeal to people who enjoyed: 
It's an interesting counterpoint to Touching The Void, but with added cultural resonance.

Comments

I forgot to mention the fabulous score by Simon Fisher Turner, a splendid enhancement to the images.