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A remarkable film record of the legendary Everest expedition of 1924, newly restored by the BFI National Archive.

A remarkable film record of the legendary Everest expedition of 1924, newly restored by the BFI National Archive.

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The official record of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine’s 1924 expedition.

The 1924 Everest expedition culminated in the deaths of two of the finest climbers of their generation, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, and sparked an ongoing debate over whether or not they did indeed reach the summit.

Filming in brutally harsh conditions with a specially adapted camera, Captain John Noel captured images of breathtaking beauty and considerable historic significance. The film is also among the earliest filmed records of life in Tibet and features sequences at Phari Dzong (Pagri), Shekar Dzong (Xegar) and Rongbuk monastery. But what resonates so deeply is Noel’s ability to frame the vulnerability, isolation and courage of people persevering in one of the world's harshest landscapes.

The restoration by the BFI National Archive has transformed the quality of the surviving elements of the film and reintroduced the original coloured tints and tones. Revealed by the restoration, few images in cinema are as epic – or moving – as the final shots of a blood red sunset over the Himalayas.

Features newly commissioned music score by Simon Fisher Turner.

Restoration supported by The Eric Anker-Petersen Charity

“One of the most remarkable treasures in the national film archive... A largely unseen masterpiece”
— The Guardian

The official record of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine’s 1924 expedition.

The 1924 Everest expedition culminated in the deaths of two of the finest climbers of their generation, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, and sparked an ongoing debate over whether or not they did indeed reach the summit.

Filming in brutally harsh conditions with a specially adapted camera, Captain John Noel captured images of breathtaking beauty and considerable historic significance. The film is also among the earliest filmed records of life in Tibet and features sequences at Phari Dzong (Pagri), Shekar Dzong (Xegar) and Rongbuk monastery. But what resonates so deeply is Noel’s ability to frame the vulnerability, isolation and courage of people persevering in one of the world's harshest landscapes.

The restoration by the BFI National Archive has transformed the quality of the surviving elements of the film and reintroduced the original coloured tints and tones. Revealed by the restoration, few images in cinema are as epic – or moving – as the final shots of a blood red sunset over the Himalayas.

Features newly commissioned music score by Simon Fisher Turner.

Restoration supported by The Eric Anker-Petersen Charity

“One of the most remarkable treasures in the national film archive... A largely unseen masterpiece”
— The Guardian

Extras

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Introducing The Epic of Everest (2013, 9 mins): with Sandra Noel
  • Scoring The Epic of Everest (2013, 8 mins): Composer Simon Fisher Turner discusses the production of the new score
  • Restoring The Epic of Everest (2013, 6 mins): with BFI curators
  • Alternative score - the original 1924 score recreated by Julie Brown. Performed by Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra conducted by Andrew Gourlay
  • Additional musical pieces that accompanied the film on its first screening at the Scala in 1924
  • Original 1924 film programme (downloadable PDF, DVD only)
  • Fully illustrated booklet featuring essay from Wade Davis

Additional Info

Additional Info

SKU 5035673011546
Catalogue Number BFIB1154
Subtitle A film by Captain John Noel
Year 1924
Director Noel, John (Capt)
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Countries United Kingdom
Colour Black/white and tinted
Sound Sound
Language(s) English
Running time 88
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate U

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