Great White Silence
Directed by Herbert Ponting
Before we talk about the movie, I would love to hear how any or all of my readers are doing. I am an introvert, so I am holding up reasonably well under lockdown. I suspect I'll get some writing done, but that's what Jack Torrance thought too so make of that what you will. I definitely want to hear how everybody else is holding up, so be sure to leave a comment.
Now to this 1924 movie, which wasn't on my edition of the List and I had never heard of before. I also didn't know anything about the Terra Nova Expedition, so had no idea that I was watching footage of a doomed mission. For those of you who, like me, have trouble earning the yellow wedge in Trivial Pursuit, the Terra Nova Expedition was an attempt by the British Empire to place the Union Jack on the South Pole. Everybody on the expedition died, except Herbert Ponting, apparently. He shot some footage of Antartica and the explorers and then peaced out of there.
So obviously a very chilling (pun not intended, but always celebrated) documentary once you realize the circumstances, which might take some of us, ahem, longer than others. Of course, that doesn't add a whole lot to the enjoyability of the movie, it just makes the whole experience morbid.
I will defend its place on the List, but definitely not the movie I would recommend to make this whole lockdown thing go faster.
Read about the Terra Nova Expedition here.