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Silents: Part 3 of 3


Presented in Partnership with the Denver Silent Film Festival.


With an introduction by Howie Movshovitz, Director of The Denver Silent

Film Festival

Made with a 1924 hand-cranked camera, the film records the struggles of the third attempt (by Westerners presumably) to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, known by Tibetans as Chomolungma, meaning Goddess Mother of Mountains. It’s an astonishing film, beautifully restored by the British Film Institute, which shows not only the incredible landscape and daunting work of the expedition, but also scenes of life in Tibet along the way to Chomolungma.

Filmmaker Noel had far less sensitive equipment than is now available – and his camera was so heavy that he had to film the final progress of the climbers from a great distance. But perhaps because of those limitations, the film feels itself susceptible and vulnerable to the actualities of land, weather, light and distance. It is not known if the two lead climbers, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine made it to the top of the mountain. They never returned.

  • Year
    1924
  • Runtime
    87 minutes
  • Language
    Silent
  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Director
    J.B.L. Noel
  • Cast
    Andrew Irvine, George Mallory