Wednesday, 14 April 2010

The World Before You

Exploration is the theme of the 13th British Silent Cinema Festival. Beginning on April 15 at Leicester's Phoenix Square, The World Before You will include films about the discovery of polar regions, mountains, jungles and oceans, plus, early ethnography and natural phenomena.

As well as a screening of The Great White Silence, Herbert Ponting's record of Captain Scott's doomed expedition to the South Pole, footage of Roald Amundsen's successful team is to be shown for the first time since 1912. Other highlights include Edith Maude Hull's steamy Arabian adventure, The Sheik, the first film, shot in 1908, of the Hebridean island of St Kilda, and Ernest Shackleton's epic South.

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