New Film About 1936 Eiger Drama
North Face tells the sory of the ill-fated 1936 attempt on the classic Eiger route.
Posted: 1 December 2008
Sunday's Independent carried a story about a new German film
called North Face
which is based on the dramatic 1936 attempts to conquer the North Face of the Eiger
The film, says the paper, is a landmark for German cinema, because for
so long, historic German mountain films have been stalked by the shadow
of Nazism to the point where the genre was 'irrevocably tainted' by
association and had become part of the Nazi propaganda machine.
The film, made by Munich-born Philip Stoelzl follows the tragic attempt
on the route by Kurz and Hinterstoisser which culminated in the awful
death of Kurz suspended helplessly just beyond the reach of rescuers
trying to reach him from the railway tunnel which opens out onto the
Apparently before making the film, Stoelzl visited Touching The Void
director, Kevin Macdonald to talk about how best to capture the drama
of mountaineering for the big screen and, as a result, as with Void,
the film was shot in the high mountains with Stoelzl suggesting that he
aimed for a look of 'war photography', with the audiences meant to feel
that they're with the 1930s climbers with their basic clothing and
Interesting article that's well worth a read. Released on 12 December -
more details when we have one. See http://www.independent.co.uk
the story. Media review at http://www.variety.com
which dubs the film 'good but not great'.
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There was an article in the Guardian
about the film which went into a lot more detail about the association between German climbing and the Nazis, and the climbing films made by Leni Riefenstahl who went on to make the famous Nazi propaganda films of the Nuremburg rallies. I was a little shocked, I must say I'd never really realised.
Posted: 01/12/2008 at 14:14
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I suppose you mean the Beckoning Silence which was gripping, inspiring & tragic all at the same time.
Hope the new one is as well considered...
Posted: 01/12/2008 at 14:19