Monday, February 22, 2016

The Conquest of Everest (1953)

Academy Awards, USA 1954

Best Documentary, Features
John Taylor
Leon Clore
Grahame Tharp

United Artists
Directed by George Lowe
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4

Chronicle of the infamous 1953 Everest expedition led by New Zealander Edmund Hillary that finally conquered the world's highest mountain. Local Sherpas are hired to do most of the heavy work, while the foreigners do the planning and decide the best route through the treacherous landscape. The final few thousand feet prove to be the toughest, with blinding blizzards and lack of oxygen at altitude deadly threats. It's somewhat anticlimactic that the final moment is not captured on film, only by a photograph, but still some spectacular imagery.

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