|Mt. Everest, center (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images/nytimes.com/artsbeat)|
|The Sherpas (Kristoffer Erickson/NatGeo)|
A newly restored version of a film documenting an early attempt to climb Mount Everest will be shown as part of this year’s BFI London Film Festival, the British Film Institute announced on Tuesday.
“The Epic of Everest,” directed by the British explorer Capt. John Noel, followed the 1924 expedition led by George Mallory, in which both Mallory and another climber, Andrew Irvine, died.
It remains unknown whether Mallory and Irvine made it to Everest’s summit before they disappeared -- for if they did, they would have beaten Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay by nearly 30 years.
The 1924 attempt was the third British-led expedition to Everest. Noel also filmed and photographed the second expedition, in 1922. For the 1924 effort, according to a report in The Times, Noel used four cameras, aiming to capture “the fascination of those secluded, lofty, divinely beautiful mountains of Tibet and the implacable majesty of the supreme mountain herself.” More