The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition (2001)
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To tell the story of British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 journey to Antarctica, director George Butler uses silent film shot by Frank Hurley on the good ship Endurance. The footage captures Shackleton and his 27-member crew during the 10 months they spent trapped in frigid pack ice – before he and five others set out for help in a 22-foot lifeboat to locales with names like Deception Island and Hope Bay. To augment this eerily effective, silent black-and-white reel, Butler adds clips of modern-day Antarctica, shot in full color with narration by Liam Neeson. That it all works with such thrilling exactitude is due to Shackleton's determined spirit, which stands out against challenges that could have sunk hope right along with his ill-fated ship.