• Film

    South

    Britain’s attempts to explore Antartica during the first part of the 20th century, included some of the more epic failures of human endeavor, and, luckily for us, some of the best recorded. Ernest Shackleton’s attempt to cross the continent from one side to another failed to even reach the continent he was trying to cross. Somehow, the entire crew survived nearly two years in isolation, most of the time sitting on floating pack ice. And they had a filmmaker with them. Much of the appeal of early documentaries, such as this one, or the work of Robert Flaherty, is the ability to see things which simply can no longer be…