a great mountaineering film
This is one of the best mountaineering films -- up there with Touching
the Void. It is artfully constructed, beginning with a lighthearted
romp in the Alps by the two protagonist climbers and ending with the
full menacing power of the Eiger pounding them as they fight for their
lives. It evokes the terror of people off for an adventure and getting
in way over their heads. The terrorizing scenes on the mountain
contrast with the spectators below, who warm themselves by a cozy fire
and drink wine and eat fine food, all without a clue of what the
mountaineers are going through, yet caught up in the romance of a first
ascent of the North Face, as seen through a telescope on the deck of
the restaurant. It is a meditation on the role of the press and the
chasm between the news account of an event and the reality of the event
itself. The climbing seems authentic -- there is no Sylvester Stallone
swinging by one hand with a grimace on his face, no Tom Cruise doing a
fancy back-to-the-wall climbing move never before seen on a rock wall.
These are either very competent mountaineers or very good facsimiles.
The female love interest evolves through the movie. At first she is a
mousy secretary, easily bullied by her supervisors. Eventually she
finds her own strength, and in doing so she begins acting on the basis
of what she thinks is important and becomes an appealing person in her
own right. The photography is stunning.
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Touching the void: A breathtaking movie that keeps your expectation untill the end even you know it.A very realistic and touching movie very well made..
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great adventure movie.
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north face is a great adventure movie;.
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The fockers. Great and funny movie. .
Great movie you have to see!.
Terrifying recreation of the famous tragedy
There are spoilers in this review.
Extreme sports can often lead to tragedies, so surely one of the rules
is to take every possible precaution against disaster. These four
climbers in one of the most famous and dreadful tragedies of Alpine
climbing made a number of basic errors, but their desperation to be the
first to make this dangerous climb drove them to continue regardless.
I read Heinrich Harrer's famous book "The White Spider" many years ago.
The moment I saw this movie in the library, I thought, I wonder.. and
then I saw the name Toni Kurz and I knew it was that nightmare climb.
I've stayed in Grindelwald to ski, and passed Klein Scheidegg on the
train and seen the infamous North Face. It's a lovely, peaceful place,
seemingly, when the sun's out and the snow glistening as when we saw
it. But as every skier knows, the weather can change very quickly and
become a hell. Such is the situation these climbers, already in
difficulties due to their mistakes as well, found themselves in.
This story isn't just about the climbers, but about people who would go
to the village just to see people attempt this infamous climb in which
a number had already died and the ghoulishness of some of the media is
depicted strongly - the media doesn't want an easy win in any
endeavour, easy winners are boring to the media, it wants drama and
Setting out one early morning, the first couple found when some way up
that their crampons were missing. Later, after two groups of two were
more or less climbing together, the last climber up removed the
traverse rope that might later have saved their lives - he said, we
won't be going down, the idea is to go up. One of the second couple had
been badly injured on the head by a rock fall but couldn't be persuaded
to descend, so greatly did he want to do this climb, so he put all the
others at risk. But for him, it's possibly they might have succeeded
and they should have forced him to descend, but I suppose they all felt
they'd want to continue if in his place.
It was a race to be the first to do this climb and others were camped
below ready to try so every time there was a serious problem they still
continued upward. Further up, when they were in some trouble and the
weather had turned to a storm and the injured man was becoming a
serious liability, Kurz lost a glove and it seems had no spares, or
none left perhaps. If Kurz's hands hadn't been near-useless with
frostbite by the time the rescue team was near and all he, the sole
survivor by now, needed to do was come down on a rope, he might have
reached safety. Instead, his hands couldn't help him and the rescuers
couldn't reach him. Such are the mistakes that are made due to that
spirit of wanting to win overcoming being careful. But at the same
time, isn't it human nature that we don't want to go back? All the time
I was watching this movie, I was remembering the book, so thank
goodness I knew just how harrowing it was going to be. You are up there
on that face, you are experiencing what it really was like. A
nightmare.Uplifting and tragic and such a waste of four young lives.
The Swiss rescue team who eventually set out to help had to wait for
the weather to clear somewhat. As they said, some of them dying
wouldn't help anyone, but I can imagine someone not local wanting to
say, how selfish of them. Not so. They live there, they know their
mountains, and they can despair of visitors who don't really appreciate
all the dangers and put local lives at risk trying to save them.
This is as much a warning as a wonderful movie.