The Great White Silence - documentary

The Great White Silence
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The Great White Silence, a 1924 documentary by British cinematographer Herbert Ponting which captures footage of the Terra Nova Expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott to the South Pole between 1910 and 1913. It is probably the oldest footage you will see of Antarctica and as well as capturing the landscape and expedition team, wildlife such as killer whales, Adélie penguins, south polar skuas and Weddell seals are seen for the first time in the region.

 

Ponting is considered to be one of the greatest pioneers of expedition photography and "The Great White Silence" is probably his most notable work. The film was originally completely silent, with small write-ups spliced into the footage describing what is happening in a given scene, a common trait of silent movies from the era.

 

Becuase of its historical importance, the film was restored by the British Film Institue and released with a soundtrack by British composer Simon Fisher Turner playing over the footage. The video above is the aforementioned version.

Category
History, Nature

Presenter
Herbert Ponting
Year
1924
Watch time
01:47:00

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