Filmography

Eric Escoffier

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    Eric Escoffier - La fureur de vivre DVD

    Eric Escoffier - La fureur de vivre

    Bertrand Delapierre (2019)

    The 'Escoffier style' is a unique cocktail of grace, speed and nerve. Minimal equipment, no tiresome need for recognition, no stress but instead betting it all on the very limits of what is thought possible along with an established daredevil reputation. Being independent, fast-paced, improvising, these were the rules he lived by. From 1985 onwards, everything he did was a success: delta, firsts, climbing, race driving... As he liked to say: "Nothing is impossible". He seemed indestructible. However, on 11 September 1987, a car accident left him hemiplegic, but not to be defeated, he soon set numerous goals.

    France / 52 min

    Eric Escoffier - La fureur de vivre

    Bertrand Delapierre, Séverine Gauci

    • 2019
    • France
    • 52 min
    The 'Escoffier style' is a unique cocktail of grace, speed and nerve. Minimal equipment, no tiresome need for recognition, no stress but instead betting it all on the very limits of what is thought possible along with an established daredevil reputation. Being independent, fast-paced, improvising, these were the rules he lived by. From 1985 onwards, everything he did was a success: delta, firsts, climbing, race driving... As he liked to say: "Nothing is impossible". He seemed indestructible. However, on 11 September 1987, a car accident left him hemiplegic, but not to be defeated, he soon set numerous goals.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Artists on Jorasses

    Bertrand Delapierre (2015)

    Autumn 2014. North face of Grandes Jorasses. Julien Désécures and Sébastien Bohin set off to repeat the Couzy-Desmaison route up to Pointe Margherita in pure alpine style. The two climbers were revisiting this mythical line in an aesthetically pleasing and technically advanced style: mixed climbing on ice sheets… A beautiful and impressive first!

    France / 11 min

    Artists on Jorasses

    Bertrand Delapierre

    • 2015
    • France
    • 11 min
    Autumn 2014. North face of Grandes Jorasses. Julien Désécures and Sébastien Bohin set off to repeat the Couzy-Desmaison route up to Pointe Margherita in pure alpine style. The two climbers were revisiting this mythical line in an aesthetically pleasing and technically advanced style: mixed climbing on ice sheets… A beautiful and impressive first!

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Profession grimpeur

    Profession grimpeur

    Philippe Lallet (1985)

    A documentary portrait about Eric Escoffier at the peak of his rock-climbing career. Escoffier is presented as the first mountain athlete with a complete preparation in the three different climbing disciplines: rock climbing, ice climbing, and free solo climbing and without any safety devices. The athlete is followed in some of his performances and in the 1986 Sport-Rock trials in Bardonecchia.

    France / 26 min

    Profession grimpeur

    Philippe Lallet

    • 1985
    • France
    • 26 min
    A documentary portrait about Eric Escoffier at the peak of his rock-climbing career. Escoffier is presented as the first mountain athlete with a complete preparation in the three different climbing disciplines: rock climbing, ice climbing, and free solo climbing and without any safety devices. The athlete is followed in some of his performances and in the 1986 Sport-Rock trials in Bardonecchia.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Portrait d'un homme devenu ordinaire

    Pierre Beccu (1994)

    A meeting in Chamonix with Eric Escoffier, the famous mountaineer of the 1980s, who fell into anonymity following his car accident in September 1987. Victim of multiple fractures and total paralysis of the left side, Escoffier managed to walk again, despite the pessimistic forecasts of the doctors. The documentary portraits his daily life in Chamonix, interviews the protagonist, Michel Garcia and Rémi Escoffier, and shows footage of his exploits in the mountains.

    France / 26 min

    Portrait d'un homme devenu ordinaire

    Pierre Beccu

    • 1994
    • France
    • 26 min
    A meeting in Chamonix with Eric Escoffier, the famous mountaineer of the 1980s, who fell into anonymity following his car accident in September 1987. Victim of multiple fractures and total paralysis of the left side, Escoffier managed to walk again, despite the pessimistic forecasts of the doctors. The documentary portraits his daily life in Chamonix, interviews the protagonist, Michel Garcia and Rémi Escoffier, and shows footage of his exploits in the mountains.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Old game... New rules

    Old game... New rules

    Richard Else (1992)

    Sixth and last episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering by Chris Bonington and Richard Else produced by the BBC. This episode tells how climbing appears to have changed radically during the last ten years - from sport into a spectacle. But Chris Bonington argues is that, whatever it is, climbing has always been about new challenges... The program reviews outstanding ascents by French top climbers like Christophe Profit, Eric Escoffier, and Jean-Marc Boivin.

    UK / 30 min

    Old game... New rules

    Richard Else

    • 1992
    • UK
    • 30 min
    Sixth and last episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering by Chris Bonington and Richard Else produced by the BBC. This episode tells how climbing appears to have changed radically during the last ten years - from sport into a spectacle. But Chris Bonington argues is that, whatever it is, climbing has always been about new challenges... The program reviews outstanding ascents by French top climbers like Christophe Profit, Eric Escoffier, and Jean-Marc Boivin.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Faces Nord

    Jean Afanassieff (1987)

    March 12, 1987. The young French mountaineer Eric Escoffier prepares his equipment, very reduced in material and food. He leaves the next day and intends to chain three north faces in the Alps: Eiger, Matterhorn and Grandes Jorasses. The ascent of the first summit, the Eiger is slow, difficult and full of pitfalls. It takes 17 hours to reach it. Without recognizing the terrain -he prefers to improvise- the mountaineer continues through the Matterhorn. When night falls, anxiety is felt on Zermatt's side. Help is organized to pick him up. Despite his refusal to return, Escoffier is finally hoisted. Christophe Profit, a few hours earlier, managed the chain of three summits.

    France / 26 min

    Faces Nord

    Jean Afanassieff

    • 1987
    • France
    • 26 min
    March 12, 1987. The young French mountaineer Eric Escoffier prepares his equipment, very reduced in material and food. He leaves the next day and intends to chain three north faces in the Alps: Eiger, Matterhorn and Grandes Jorasses. The ascent of the first summit, the Eiger is slow, difficult and full of pitfalls. It takes 17 hours to reach it. Without recognizing the terrain -he prefers to improvise- the mountaineer continues through the Matterhorn. When night falls, anxiety is felt on Zermatt's side. Help is organized to pick him up. Despite his refusal to return, Escoffier is finally hoisted. Christophe Profit, a few hours earlier, managed the chain of three summits.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Là-Haut, un supplément d'âme

    Là-Haut, un supplément d'âme

    Pierre Falchero (2001)

    Through the testimony of great mountaineers and Himalayans and the views of journalists, historians and Himalayans on the way to an attempt to open a new path to Amnye Machen (Tibet), the author tries to find an explanation for the desire to go 'up there' when there is a risk of not returning. With the testimonies of: Jean-Michel Asselin, Christine Janin, François Damilano, Pierre Mazeaud, Jean-Christophe Lafaille, Patrick Berhault, Reinhold Messner, Bertrand Roche dit Zébulon, Katia Buffetrille, Elizabeth Hawley, Junko Tabei, Sylvie Braud, Kurt Diemberger.

    France / 57 min

    Là-Haut, un supplément d'âme

    Pierre Falchero

    • 2001
    • France
    • 57 min
    Through the testimony of great mountaineers and Himalayans and the views of journalists, historians and Himalayans on the way to an attempt to open a new path to Amnye Machen (Tibet), the author tries to find an explanation for the desire to go 'up there' when there is a risk of not returning. With the testimonies of: Jean-Michel Asselin, Christine Janin, François Damilano, Pierre Mazeaud, Jean-Christophe Lafaille, Patrick Berhault, Reinhold Messner, Bertrand Roche dit Zébulon, Katia Buffetrille, Elizabeth Hawley, Junko Tabei, Sylvie Braud, Kurt Diemberger.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Everest turbo - La tentation

    Everest turbo - La tentation

    Bernard Germain (1989)

    Everest turbo - La tentation is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Everest. It was directed by Bernard Germain in 1989 and produced by MC4. It features Eric Escoffier, Christine Janin, Frédéric Ancey, Michel Fauquet and Stéphane Schaffter.

    France / 26 min

    Everest turbo - La tentation

    Bernard Germain

    • 1989
    • France
    • 26 min
    Everest turbo - La tentation is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Everest. It was directed by Bernard Germain in 1989 and produced by MC4. It features Eric Escoffier, Christine Janin, Frédéric Ancey, Michel Fauquet and Stéphane Schaffter.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Qomolangma

    Jean Afanassieff (1984)

    In 1983, a French expedition, led by Yannick Seigneur and including Jean Afanassieff, left for Tibet to climb the western ridge of Everest on the Chinese side in alpine style. Jean Afanassieff films the Tibetan population between tradition, religion and modernity and tells us about this expedition.

    France / 30 min

    Qomolangma

    Jean Afanassieff, Bernard Prud'homme

    • 1984
    • France
    • 30 min
    In 1983, a French expedition, led by Yannick Seigneur and including Jean Afanassieff, left for Tibet to climb the western ridge of Everest on the Chinese side in alpine style. Jean Afanassieff films the Tibetan population between tradition, religion and modernity and tells us about this expedition.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Eric Escoffier - Wenn der Kopf den Körper trägt Vod

    Eric Escoffier - Wenn der Kopf den Körper trägt

    Sandra Maischberger (1999)

    Frenchman Eric Escoffier was considered at the time one of the top 10 climbers in the world. After a serious accident near Chamonix that left him semi paralyzed, he promised himself to resume his activity even though the doctors had predicted that he could no longer walk. Eric overcame all difficulties and in 1997 he climbed the Cho Oyu the first 8000 after the accident, with obvious walking problems. In July 1998 he was back in the Himalayas for an attempt at the Broad Peak. Eric keeps a diary at base camp and the last page is dedicated to his partner Cecile, pregnant at the seventh month that awaits him in France. Eric and his partner Pascale Bessiere disappear under the summit and are never found again. Escoffier was 38.

    Germany / 61 min

    Eric Escoffier - Wenn der Kopf den Körper trägt

    Sandra Maischberger, Jan Kerhart

    • 1999
    • Germany
    • 61 min
    Frenchman Eric Escoffier was considered at the time one of the top 10 climbers in the world. After a serious accident near Chamonix that left him semi paralyzed, he promised himself to resume his activity even though the doctors had predicted that he could no longer walk. Eric overcame all difficulties and in 1997 he climbed the Cho Oyu the first 8000 after the accident, with obvious walking problems. In July 1998 he was back in the Himalayas for an attempt at the Broad Peak. Eric keeps a diary at base camp and the last page is dedicated to his partner Cecile, pregnant at the seventh month that awaits him in France. Eric and his partner Pascale Bessiere disappear under the summit and are never found again. Escoffier was 38.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    La zone de la mort

    La zone de la mort

    Claude Andrieux (1996)

    To understand the difficulties of an ascent to over eight thousand metres, it is enough to remember the almost 300 victims these peaks have claimed. The Swiss alpinist Ehrart Loretan, the third alpinist in the world to have climbed all 14 8,000, and the Austrian alpinist Kurt Diemgerger cover the whole history of the conquest of the world’s 8,000, from the fifties to the present day, together with other alpinists and film directors who have climbed them. They talk about their experienced when they ventured into the death zone.

    France / 27 min

    La zone de la mort

    Claude Andrieux

    • 1996
    • France
    • 27 min
    To understand the difficulties of an ascent to over eight thousand metres, it is enough to remember the almost 300 victims these peaks have claimed. The Swiss alpinist Ehrart Loretan, the third alpinist in the world to have climbed all 14 8,000, and the Austrian alpinist Kurt Diemgerger cover the whole history of the conquest of the world’s 8,000, from the fifties to the present day, together with other alpinists and film directors who have climbed them. They talk about their experienced when they ventured into the death zone.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Chamonix - Mont Blanc, une histoire de conquêtes

    Jeanne Mascolo de Filippis (2015)

    Chamonix - Mont Blanc, une histoire de conquêtes is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Mont Blanc Massif and Mont Blanc. It was directed by Jeanne Mascolo de Fillipis in 2015 and produced by Point Prod. It features Jean-Christophe Rufin.

    France / 52 min

    Chamonix - Mont Blanc, une histoire de conquêtes

    Jeanne Mascolo de Filippis

    • 2015
    • France
    • 52 min
    Chamonix - Mont Blanc, une histoire de conquêtes is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Mont Blanc Massif and Mont Blanc. It was directed by Jeanne Mascolo de Fillipis in 2015 and produced by Point Prod. It features Jean-Christophe Rufin.

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