in about 100 words or less
UK 108m, Silent, B&W/tinted
Director: Herbert Ponting; Cast: Robert Falcon Scott, Herbert G. Ponting
The Great White Silence is a grim documentary about Scott’s ill-fated 1910-13 expedition to the South Pole. As cameraman, and filmmaker, Herbert Ponting documents the preparations and life aboard the Terra Nova and its voyage to Antarctica. Though not actually accompanying Scott to the Pole, Ponting captures the beauty of the region, its wildlife and activities at base camp. The ill-fated overland portion of the expedition is portrayed as a series of still photographs and inter-titles. A captivating story, Ponting’s recreation of the journey remains both a lesson, and a haunting tribute to Scott and his fellow explorers (Klaus Ming December 2015).