The docudrama The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest is equal parts love story and mystery. In 1924, charismatic adventurer George Mallory was hoping to become the first man to climb Mt. Everest. Devoted to his wife, Mallory had planned to place her photograph on the mountaintop to mark the accomplishment. He was last seen some 800 feet below the peak before he disappeared behind cloud cover and was swept into legend.
In 1999, climber Conrad Anker found Mallorys frozen remains on the side of the mountain. It was unclear if Mallory, who had a broken leg, had died going up or coming down. The one thing that was certain was that while various papers were found perfectly preserved in his pockets, the photograph of Mallorys wife was missing.
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With the breathtaking and rarefied beauty of Mt. Everest as a backdrop, The Wildest Dream tells the story of two men who had dreams larger than the mountain they conquered. Mallorys final accomplishment may still be in question, but his and Ankers place in mountain-climbing history is assured. Multiple screenings daily. Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive. For information, call 713-639-4629 or visit www.hmns.org. $9 to $11.
Starts: March 11. Daily, 2011