Watch: Scott of the Antarctic 1948 123movies, Full Movie Online – The true story of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott and his ill-fated expedition to try to be the first man to discover the South Pole, only to find that the murderously cold weather and a rival team of Norwegian explorers conspire against him..
Plot: The true story of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott and his ill-fated expedition to try to be the first man to discover the South Pole – only to find that the murderously cold weather and a rival team of Norwegian explorers conspire against him
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Great scenic propaganda; a great score
I’ll not add to the lengthy and learned discussions already entered in regard to this film. It’s pretty obvious that Scott’s reputation has taken a severe beating since he was erected as the model for all English youth as the First World War was beginning. I will say that the British miniseries “The Last Place on Earth”, based on Roland Huntford’s book on Scott and Amundsen’s race to the pole, is the best piece of television I’ve ever seen, one which I fortunately taped and have re-viewed several times.
The performances in this film are very sturdy and the cinematography outstanding as well. Most historical films have a biased viewpoint anyway, so this one is no more guilty than any other.
The one point I did want to make that I had not noticed in other comments is that the score for this film is by Ralph Vaughn Williams and is the basis for his “Symphonia Antartica”, a beautiful and haunting piece, which deserves to be heard more often.
It’s just a waiting game in this very grim picture.
This film stars John Mills and is about the Scott expedition to the South Pole shortly before WWI. It shows the preparations and actual expedition–mostly shot in Norway, as going to Antarctica would have been prohibitively expensive and difficult.
Although “Scott of the Antarctic” is a very well made film (after all, it’s from Ealing Studios!), it suffers from two major problems. First, for the viewer to really get into the film and enjoy it, you need to buy into the notion that going to the South Pole is actually worth doing and is not a complete waste of time and lives. I hate to be a downer, but I clearly fall into that category and feel that people who attempted things like this were brave but also rather foolish–especially since the film shows many mistakes Scott made in planning the expedition. Sorry but I am sure I am not the only one who feels this way. Second, anyone who knows history knows of the fate of Scott and his expedition–and so the film is extremely anticlimactic and you know it’s just a matter of time until they all become human popsicles. For me, it was just a waiting game. Plus, their competition had already made it to the Pole before Scott– making the entire expedition a waste of time and human lives.
If you can ignore all this, then yes, it is a very good film. Unusual for its time, the movie was shot in color and extensively followed the actual logs of events. The acting is lovely, as is the music and direction. All in all, it’s full of all the glory and pomp you’d want in a movie that appears to glorify the British Empire and the ‘can do’ spirit. But, when you think about it, it’s a great example of the ‘can’t do’ spirit–and is, perhaps, a bit of a metaphor for the British Empire circa 1948.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 51 min (111 min)
Genre Action, Adventure, Biography
Director Charles Frend
Writer Walter Meade, Ivor Montagu, Mary Hayley Bell
Actors John Mills, Derek Bond, Diana Churchill
Country United Kingdom
Awards Nominated for 1 BAFTA Award2 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Laboratory Technicolor, London, UK (colour)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm