Scott of the Antarctic (1948)
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Great British Composers on Film
8. Scott of the Antarctic (1948)
Vaughan Williams' film scores often ignored narrative and visual detail, but intensified the drama with through-composed music, which was sometimes written before filming had even started. This was the case with Scott of the Antarctic, of which one critic said, '[it is] the function of music to bring to the screen the hidden and spiritual illustration into which the camera... is unable to peer'.