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    Les Frères Ravier - L’aventure pyrénéenne

    Les Frères Ravier - L’aventure pyrénéenne

    Maryse Bergonzat (2007)

    Jean and Pierre Ravier have opened almost all the 'classic' (difficult) routes in the Pyrenees. Strung at the waist with a few flat knots and little material, the two twin brothers made more than 200 first ones throughout the massif. A unique style and commitment, a state of mind made up of adventures, literature, inventiveness and friendships. Unclassifiable and welcoming, after 60 years of Pyreneism, their desire for the mountains is intact. When does a race start? How does the idea, the desire come from it? What sense does it make to realize only the first ones? And what is the role of the Pyrenees themselves in this mutual and endless game of attraction?

    France / 52 min

    Les Frères Ravier - L’aventure pyrénéenne

    Maryse Bergonzat

    • 2007
    • France
    • 52 min
    Jean and Pierre Ravier have opened almost all the 'classic' (difficult) routes in the Pyrenees. Strung at the waist with a few flat knots and little material, the two twin brothers made more than 200 first ones throughout the massif. A unique style and commitment, a state of mind made up of adventures, literature, inventiveness and friendships. Unclassifiable and welcoming, after 60 years of Pyreneism, their desire for the mountains is intact. When does a race start? How does the idea, the desire come from it? What sense does it make to realize only the first ones? And what is the role of the Pyrenees themselves in this mutual and endless game of attraction?

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  • Documentary / Historical

    The games climbers play...

    The games climbers play...

    Richard Else (1992)

    Fifht 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 contrasts the traditions of climbers in Britain and on the continent of Europe, the former developing a technique of free climbing and the latter employing aids such as spanners, bolts and drills to climb routes that would otherwise be inaccessible. The program includes old footage of the 1946 film by Alain Pol 'L'appel des cimes' and of a young Joe Brown climbing in Snowdonia in 1957 in a program of the BBC 'Eye to eye' series.

    UK / 30 min

    The games climbers play...

    Richard Else

    • 1992
    • UK
    • 30 min
    Fifht 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 contrasts the traditions of climbers in Britain and on the continent of Europe, the former developing a technique of free climbing and the latter employing aids such as spanners, bolts and drills to climb routes that would otherwise be inaccessible. The program includes old footage of the 1946 film by Alain Pol 'L'appel des cimes' and of a young Joe Brown climbing in Snowdonia in 1957 in a program of the BBC 'Eye to eye' series.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Portrait of a snow lion

    Portrait of a snow lion

    Richard Else (1992)

    Fourth 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 portraits Reinhold Messner, the most famous mountaineer in the history of the sport. He was the first person to climb all 14 peaks over 8,000 meters, and the first, with Peter Habeler, to climb Everest without artificial oxygen. Chris Bonington visits Messner in his Tyrol castle. The program also highlights the figure of Doug Scott and the way he approached the highest Himalayan peaks.

    UK / 30 min

    Portrait of a snow lion

    Richard Else

    • 1992
    • UK
    • 30 min
    Fourth 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 portraits Reinhold Messner, the most famous mountaineer in the history of the sport. He was the first person to climb all 14 peaks over 8,000 meters, and the first, with Peter Habeler, to climb Everest without artificial oxygen. Chris Bonington visits Messner in his Tyrol castle. The program also highlights the figure of Doug Scott and the way he approached the highest Himalayan peaks.

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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 / Historical

    In the long shadow of the mountains

    In the long shadow of the mountains

    Richard Else (1991)

    Second episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering by Chris Bonington and Richard Else produced by the BBC. In this episode, Chris Bonington makes a two-week trek to the Diamir Face of the Nanga Parbat -the most unforgiving of mountains- in the company of German mountaineer Sigi Hupfauer and the American veteran Charles Houston. Bonington considers the part this mountain played in the development of climbing nationalism between the wars when rival national teams competed to conquer this and other peaks.

    UK / 30 min

    In the long shadow of the mountains

    Richard Else

    • 1991
    • UK
    • 30 min
    Second episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering by Chris Bonington and Richard Else produced by the BBC. In this episode, Chris Bonington makes a two-week trek to the Diamir Face of the Nanga Parbat -the most unforgiving of mountains- in the company of German mountaineer Sigi Hupfauer and the American veteran Charles Houston. Bonington considers the part this mountain played in the development of climbing nationalism between the wars when rival national teams competed to conquer this and other peaks.

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  • Docudrama / Historical

    By fair means...

    By fair means...

    Richard Else (1991)

    First episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering produced by Chris Bonington and Richard Else for the BBC. This episode recreates Alfred Mummery's first ascent of the Grepon, in the French Alps in 1881. Chris Bonington dons tweeds, woollen stockings and velour hat to re-create Alfred Mummery's classic ascent. As Bonington says, Mummery could be described more than anyone as the father of modern alpinism.

    UK / 30 min

    By fair means...

    Richard Else

    • 1991
    • UK
    • 30 min
    First episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering produced by Chris Bonington and Richard Else for the BBC. This episode recreates Alfred Mummery's first ascent of the Grepon, in the French Alps in 1881. Chris Bonington dons tweeds, woollen stockings and velour hat to re-create Alfred Mummery's classic ascent. As Bonington says, Mummery could be described more than anyone as the father of modern alpinism.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Another golden age of alpinism

    Another golden age of alpinism

    Richard Else (1992)

    Third episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering by Chris Bonington and Richard Else produced by the BBC. This program focuses on three outstanding postwar climbers: the Italian Walter Bonatti, the Frenchman Rene Desmaison, and the presenter of the series, Chris Bonington. The episode covers the years following the second world war, described as an era as exciting as the first Victorian golden age of alpinism.

    UK / 30 min

    Another golden age of alpinism

    Richard Else

    • 1992
    • UK
    • 30 min
    Third episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering by Chris Bonington and Richard Else produced by the BBC. This program focuses on three outstanding postwar climbers: the Italian Walter Bonatti, the Frenchman Rene Desmaison, and the presenter of the series, Chris Bonington. The episode covers the years following the second world war, described as an era as exciting as the first Victorian golden age of alpinism.

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  • Drama / Mountain Drama

    Altitudes

    Altitudes

    Pierre-Antoine Hiroz (2017)

    After 20 years away, Isabelle, a former climbing champion, returns to her village in the Alps for the funeral of her mountain-guide father. She decides to open up a new climbing route with the help of Kenza, her protégé - something she'd planned to do with her father. But the past and its secrets resurface through Antoine, a brilliant mountaineer who was Isabelle's first love.

    France, Switzerland / 90 min

    Altitudes

    Pierre-Antoine Hiroz, Mikaël Ollivier

    • 2017
    • France, Switzerland
    • 90 min
    After 20 years away, Isabelle, a former climbing champion, returns to her village in the Alps for the funeral of her mountain-guide father. She decides to open up a new climbing route with the help of Kenza, her protégé - something she'd planned to do with her father. But the past and its secrets resurface through Antoine, a brilliant mountaineer who was Isabelle's first love.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Un hiver avec les sauveteurs du Mont-Blanc

    Nicolas Moscara (2012)

    In winter, the Mont-Blanc massif attracts thousands of skiers, hikers and mountaineers. For some, the stay turned into a tragedy, requiring the intervention of the men of the high mountain gendarmerie platoon of Chamonix. During a winter, Nicolas Moscara followed these professionals, using cameras placed on their helmets to obtain spectacular and original images. Thus, he filmed rescues deep in the mountain: the descent into hell of Rino, trapped for 24 hours in a crevasse or the miraculous rescue of Michael, an American skier who fell in the heart of the glacier.

    France / 54 min

    Un hiver avec les sauveteurs du Mont-Blanc

    Nicolas Moscara

    • 2012
    • France
    • 54 min
    In winter, the Mont-Blanc massif attracts thousands of skiers, hikers and mountaineers. For some, the stay turned into a tragedy, requiring the intervention of the men of the high mountain gendarmerie platoon of Chamonix. During a winter, Nicolas Moscara followed these professionals, using cameras placed on their helmets to obtain spectacular and original images. Thus, he filmed rescues deep in the mountain: the descent into hell of Rino, trapped for 24 hours in a crevasse or the miraculous rescue of Michael, an American skier who fell in the heart of the glacier.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Mont Blanc - L'été meurtrier

    Nicolas Moscara (2012)

    July 12, 2012. Nine people perished in a snowfall at Mont Maudit, one of the routes leading to the summit of Mont-Blanc. It is the deadliest avalanche of the decade in the massif. On the spot, about fifty rescuers were mobilized: the teams of the PGHM (Peloton de Gendarmerie de haute montagne de Chamonix), the fire brigade, the CRS and the Italian rescue workers. A dangerous intervention at an altitude of more than 4000 metres, which director Nicolas Moscara was authorised to film.

    France / 53 min

    Mont Blanc - L'été meurtrier

    Nicolas Moscara

    • 2012
    • France
    • 53 min
    July 12, 2012. Nine people perished in a snowfall at Mont Maudit, one of the routes leading to the summit of Mont-Blanc. It is the deadliest avalanche of the decade in the massif. On the spot, about fifty rescuers were mobilized: the teams of the PGHM (Peloton de Gendarmerie de haute montagne de Chamonix), the fire brigade, the CRS and the Italian rescue workers. A dangerous intervention at an altitude of more than 4000 metres, which director Nicolas Moscara was authorised to film.

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  • Documentary / Making Of

    L'envers du decor

    L'envers du decor

    Rémy Tezier (1995)

    In order to shoot the movie Légende des Tropiques in the largest canyon and along the most important rock-climbing routes of the Réunion island in the Indian Ocean, Rémy Tezier and his team had to invent a number of new filming techniques. The movie illustrates the techniques used for making the movie Légendes des Tropiques and which are already per se an adventure.

    France / 26 min

    L'envers du decor

    Rémy Tezier

    • 1995
    • France
    • 26 min
    In order to shoot the movie Légende des Tropiques in the largest canyon and along the most important rock-climbing routes of the Réunion island in the Indian Ocean, Rémy Tezier and his team had to invent a number of new filming techniques. The movie illustrates the techniques used for making the movie Légendes des Tropiques and which are already per se an adventure.

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