Antarctica in Film (HUM303)

I’m trying to formulate a filmography of Antarctica with an emphasis on feature (fiction) films. So far:

The Thing From Another World (1951)

The Thing (1982)

The Thing (2011)

Antarctica Journal (2005)

Nazis at the Center of the Earth (2012)

Whiteout (2009)

Encounters at the End of the World (doc. 2007)

The Endurance (doc. 2000) [full length]

4 thoughts on “Antarctica in Film (HUM303)

  1. Bob

    The original 1951 film “The Thing From Another World” was set not in Antarctica, but in a research station in the Arctic. The Air Force crew flew from Alaska to reach the station. The original novella “Who Goes There?”, the John Carpenter 1982 version “The Thing” and the recent prequel—which is actually pretty good—The Thing made in 2011, are all set correctly in Antarctica. Amusingly, the Carpenter film and the 2011 prequel are completely clueless about the seasonal conditions in Antarctica.

    P.S. The last ten years I have been studying the “Heroic Age” of Antarctic exploration, including a field trip to NYC to see the Scott-Amundsen exhibit that had been on display at the American Museum of Natural History for the anniversary of reaching the South Pole.

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  2. Bob

    So if you have any questions about Antarctica and its history of human exploration, I’d be happy to help out, daddy-o!

    Other films to consider:

    The Last Place On Earth (a realistic portrayal of the Scott-Amundsen race told as a miniseries on Masterpiece Theatre)

    Shackleton (with Kenneth Branagh as the man. A pretty harrowing A&E miniseries before A&E went bonkers program-wise)

    90 Degrees South: With Scott to the Antarctic (the film by legendary Antarctic photographer Herbert Ponting who accompanied Scott to Antarctica)

    Scott of the Antarctic (A respectful Ealing Studios recreation of Scott’s doomed trip to the pole)

    With Byrd at the South Pole: The Story of Little America (fun to watch to see what the times were like but complete propaganda as most things associated with Byrd tended to be)

    Eight Below (a Disney film about a dog team who have to fend for themselves through an Antarctic winter—a rather fun film, which also suffers from a lack of understanding over seasonal conditions, especially during the winter time)

    There are more films, plus a whole boat load of books I could recommend, mostly primary sources that I have studied, which, having read a lot of the secondary source material created from it, there are a few popular texts out there that should be given a wide berth for their questionable conclusions and highly suspect scholarship.

    Like, groovy, man!

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