Oct 10

Nordwand (North Face) ?????
This movie is based on the true story of the attempt of the north face of the Eiger in 1936 by Toni Kurz and Andi Hinterstoisser. As of 1936, the north face of the Eiger had not yet been climbed, and pressure from the German regime to climb it before the Olympic games for Nazi propaganda was high. Two climbers from Bavaria were enticed, and this is their story. It is told mostly from the vantage point of Toni’s ex-girlfriend Luise, who is a photojournalist for the Berliner Zeitungen. The climb starts out marvelously, but disasters with an Austrian team pursuing close behind eventually lead to the death of all four members of the Bavarian and Austrian teams. Naturally, because they all perished, the exact story had to be surmised and fabricated in a good Hollywood fashion. Yet, it is presented in a compelling drama that keeps one on their seats for the entire movie. The attempted route of Kurz and Hinterstoisser becomes the route used by German climbers two years later to be the first to conquer the Nordwand. I love climbing films, and this film was exceptionally well done, with cinematography that was truly impressive. This is a wonderful, clean film that anybody could enjoy. It is in German with English subtitles.

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