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Way too much screen time is given over to folks describing what it's like to live in such a place, as opposed to, you know, actually living there.
"Antarctica" ultimately does evoke a sense of the place - its magnificent emptiness and inhuman, unspoiled purity.
It is the simple glimpses of ordinary life in an extraordinary place that are the most stirring moments in the film.
Powell makes excellent use of time-lapse photography to capture such natural phenomena as a sea freezing over. What registers most strongly, though, is the sense of loneliness and professional drudgery.
Mostly what you get is a chronicle of tedious routine carried out in a killing climate. That gives this documentary a flavor that is strong and genuine. Just not very appealing.
A documentary that's essentially a tribute to a hardy group of people who've made a life on the ice.
... come for the beauty and adventure of seeing nature's last holy land but stay for the interesting and unusual story of individuals who brave isolation and privation to experience something that so few have ever felt.
As a film about human beings in extreme isolation, [Anthony Powell] tapped a particularly rich vein.
Powell is not a film school chum but his work in Antarctica: A Year on Ice shows a great deal of commitment, understanding of the subject matter, and technical skills.
Technically, it is far superior to an average installment of PBS's Nature, but it has the same general niceness and similar tacked-on messages.
Under incredibly harsh conditions, Powell captures the outstanding beauty of the ice, the active volcano near McMurdo, the wildlife, the ice-cold water and the amazing night sky with stars so bright, it's almost blinding.
If nothing else, watching the documentary "Antarctica: A Year on Ice" makes a Wisconsin February go down a little easier
A very interesting look at the life of those who choose to work in Antarctica. This features some stunning visuals but also has an engaging and thought provoking side too due to the isolation involved.
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