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  • Short Summary

    A South Pole expedition - wildlife, building igloos, ship breaking through ice etc.

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    C/U of a businessman speaking to camera. He sits at a desk and camera tracks in. C/U of a map of the South Pole on the desk. The businessman uses a pen to point to a spot on the map. C/U of another man in a suit who speaks off screen left.

    Panning shot of a group of men in cold weather outfits - big anoraks and woollen hats - they are presumably at the South Pole. C/U of a penguin. C/U of a seal. Various shots of what look like military vehicles being transported across snowy landscape. A name painted on the side of a ship (?I think?) reads "Auster Aircraft". Moving shot from on board a ship showing man holding a gun (?) a military aircraft is on the deck of the ship. M/S of ship breaking through ice. Moving shots of ice and icebergs. Aerial shots of snowy landscapes.

    Various shots of an igloo being built. Slabs of ice are cut and stacked. Low angle shot of an Eskimo (? - not sure of the correct term for an inhabitant of the South Pole). C/U of Eskimo woman and her child who is attached to her back by means of a papoose. C/U of man wearing fur trimmed anorak and large dark glasses. High angle shot of two young baby polar bears playing together. C/U of fur - presumably polar bear skins?

    Dark shots - presumably night shots - of the snow blowing across the encampment. Man runs away from camera through encampment. M/Ss of man using shovel to remove snow from front of a prefab building. Low angle of a box on stilts - possibly a weather monitoring device. Man opens the door. C/U of the man. M/S of one of the expedition speaking and laughing with an Eskimo. L/S of some husky dogs. M/S of a penguin.

    Various shots of armoured vehicles being driven through snowy landscape.

    C/U of man having his head shaved, leaving a kind of mohican.

    M/S of Eskimo child emerging from an igloo.

    M/S of Coast Guard helicopter taking off from a launching pad. Aerial views of craggy, snowy landscape. Moving shot of Coast Guard helicopter from another aircraft. It passes large banks of snow.

    C/U of two men in anoraks - their faces are obscured by their hoods and balaclavas. Two men walk across a strange icy landscape with large rock formations.

    C/U of an Eskimo child.

    M/S of two men standing on a flat piece of ice launching a meteorological balloon. Low angle of the balloon floating up into the sky.

    M/S of boxes being transported across the ice by small motorised vehicles. Short shot of two businessmen looking at map. Sledges being pulled across the snow by husky dogs. Panning shot of group of men in cold weather clothing. M/S of seal climbing into an icy burrow. M/S of 'plane taking off. Ends.

    Note: no idea why this film is called "Lyons". (Something to do with ice-cream, maybe?! SL.) Appears that this film was assembled in 1959 using material from various sources.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
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    01:05:08:00 / 01:08:38:00

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