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Informative evocative documentary of Scott's last expedition,
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This review is from: 90 Degrees South - With Scott to the Antarctic [VHS] (VHS Tape)Highly recommended for anyone interested in explorers, Antarctica or human-interest-led history. Ponting spent a year on Captain Scott's ill-fated 1910 Polar Expedition and this is the moving footage he shot with his intelligent and reserved narration dubbed over it. He mixes then-revolutionary footage of polar surroundings and wild-life with the involving every-day life for the explorers themselves. Although Ponting did not accompany Scott on the final polar journey, haunting still photographs and maps help to bring to life the end of the story. For anyone with so much as a passing interest in Scott or Antarctica, this is a throughly involving piece of film-making. The picture-quality is excellent and even in black and white, the icebergs and Great Barrier are quite awesome. The film brings the oft-told story of Scott's final expedition to life, showing details such as the men setting up tent, cooking, exercising the ponies and enjoying a chaotic game of football. Ponting captures the grandeur of the Polar plateaus and the spirit of the adventures who explored them. I have read much about the expedition but to see the moving film of these men, especially those who made the final trek and did not return, going about their daily chores, laughing and joking, is involving in a way no words ever could be. As a person not entirely sold on Scott's greatness, I was pleased to find Ponting's tone throughout to be respectful, loyal but not blinkered. Apart from a hypocrital and frankly, bored introduction from Scott's number 2, Teddy Evans, who never liked or agreed with Scott or got along well with any of the other four who died, this evocative film hits the right note every time. The end of the tale is tragic, but the strenght of these men's spirits is ultimately uplifting. To see Oates handing out army-style haircuts and Bowers cheerfully showing off the pony he was training is to remember that there was so much more to these men than noble deaths.
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