Duel at the South Pole - Scott-AmundsenBack to the list
Directors: Anne Richard
Producer: Tournez S'il vous Plaît
Coproducers: France Télévisions
Language: French & English
Country of Production: France
In December 1911, in the name of geographical exploration, pride and their kingdom, Robert Falcon Scott, a British officer, and Roald Amundsen, a Norwegian adventurer, will compete in an epic duel: the Conquest of the South Pole.
Strategy, resources, philosophy... they are opposed in very way. Thanks to exceptional archives of the expedition, testimonies of great explorers, historians and scientists, as well as motion graphics in black and white, this documentary tells the story of this incredible duel. Without ever crossing each other’s paths, Scott and Amundsen will challenge the most hostile territory in the world: thousands of kilometres of ice, mountain barriers, winds of up to 300 km/h, temperatures dropping below minus 40 degrees Celsius. Amundsen finishes the fastest, even if this means feeding on his own dogs. Yet Scott, who came second and froze to death, will end-up stealing the glory of his Norwegian rival: the tragic writings of the Englishman, found on his dead body, will make him a legend. Amundsen, despite being the victor, will never be the hero Scott became for posterity.
A century later, between the victor and the hero, who really won?