Scott of the Antarctic (1948)


Movie about explorer Captain Scott (John Mills) who is determined to be the first person to reach the South Pole.

I knew enough about Captain Scott to watch this film with hopes of enjoying it. Of course, the very starched British stiff-upper lip style of acting is off putting at times but at least it puts across Scott’s stoicism and determinism.

Visually, the cinematography is very stark. Of course they ended up filming in other countries such as Norway, along with some very obvious in-studio filming,  but this doesn’t matter because as the film goes on you are more involved in the story of Scott and his companions rather than the plausibility of the backdrops.

Some scenes of great magnitude (such as the shooting of the ponies) is achieved by such simple, stark imagery of the harnesses being piled up alongside the sound of gunshots. Such a simple scene but it conveys so much.

However, while this film was certainly interesting I don’t think I would watch it again in a hurry. Not that it was a rubbish film, but rather it quite a stodgy film in itself which doesn’t need to be repeatedly viewed in order to be appreciated.

MY RATING: *** / *****

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