ThE WildEsT dREAM: Con­QUEsT oF EVER­EsT

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Bri­tish di­rec­tor An­thony Gef­fen’s sus­pense­ful and beau­ti­fully pho­tographed doc­u­men­tary ex­plores the fate and psy­che of climber Ge­orge Mal­lory, who dis­ap­peared on Mount Ever­est in 1924. More than seven decades af­ter Mal­lory’s death, Amer­i­can moun­taineer Con­rad Anker dis­cov­ered his re­mains 800 feet from Ever­est’s sum­mit. In 2007 Anker, along with Bri­tish climber Leo Hould­ing, re­traced Mal­lory’s fate­ful jour­ney, some­times us­ing equip­ment from the pe­riod, in an at­tempt to prove that Mal­lory could have reached the sum­mit be­fore per­ish­ing. Gef­fen deftly cap­tures how Anker’s and Mal­lory’s lives are in­ter­twined with their thirst for ad­ven­ture. Opens Satur­day, Dec. 25. Rated PG. 93 min­utes. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Rob DeWalt)

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