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The Telluride Film Festival’s Sunday at the Palm series kicks off the 2010 season with the award-winning docudrama, “The Endurance: Shackleton’s Lengendary Antarctic Expedition,” back on Telluride’s big screen for the first time since its Telluride Film Festival premier in 2000.
Vain-glory-mongering or scientific curiosity? A desire to get there first? What motivated Ernest Shackleton matters less than the fact that, when all was said and done, after 22 harrowing months, he emerged from his dangerous and failed adventure a hero, having led 27 men to safety.
What makes director George Butler’s account of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s story so remarkable is the inclusion of footage from the ship’s photographer, Frank Hurley, who shot both stills and motion picture. The stunning original black and-white images are interspersed with brilliant contemporary color cinematography, shot on location. The result: a seamless, gripping adventure inviting complete audience submersion. (Pun intended.) Diary excerpts from the captain and crew mixed with secondhand accounts from descendents of the survivors provide an exceptional and deeply personal account of the grueling quest. Narrated by Liam Neeson, with an orchestral score pregnant with portent, by Michael Small.
Showtime is 4 p.m.