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The Epic of Everest


Sunday, September 20, 2015
3:00 PM–4:30 PM

1924, UK, John Noel, 87 min.

The Rubin Museum will once again be presenting the 1924 silent masterpiece TheEpic of Everest, which mesmerizingly documents George Mallory’s ill-fated expedition to climb Mount Everest. The film illustrates the unintended repercussions British showmanship had on the fate of the Tibetan nation state. As Wade Davis explains in his exemplary book on the Mallory expeditions, the unfortunate fallout from the film’s popularity was a breach in British-Tibetan relations, which prevented the Thirteenth Dalai Lama from modernizing his army and
consequently made the Tibetans ill-equipped to confront the advance of the Chinese Army in 1949. The Rubin premiered the restored film in November last year. These 2015 screenings will act as a counterpoint to the release of Baltasar Kormákur’s new film Everest, a 3-D treatment of Jon Krakauer’s book Into Thin Air.

Screening Schedule

Friday, September 11, 7:00 PM Sunday, September 20, 3:00 PM Wednesday, December 23, 7:00 PM

“Spooky, entrancing.”— Time Out London

“This movie is all about the awe-inspiring visuals, mist rolling off the mountain top, glaciers twinkling in the evening light—and the crowning glory is the blue-tinted Fairyland of Ice sequence.” –– Silent London

Tickets: $15.00 Members: $13.50