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In 'Antarctica,' human element adds warmth to frigid land
In 'Antarctica,' human element adds warmth to frigid land

Filmmaker Anthony Powell has, he says, spent most of his adult life in Antarctica, living at the bottom of the world for more than 100 months (including nine very cold winters) spread out over a 15-year period. What his friends back home in New Zealand most want to know, he says, is "what's it like down there?" The unexpectedly entertaining documentary he made in response, "Antarctica: A Year on Ice," provides an engaging and fascinating answer. "Antarctica" is successful because it operates on two complementary levels, the epic visuals whose grandeur can stagger you and the small-scale personal stories of the people who live and work down there. With...

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