Filmography

Norman Dyhrenfurth

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    Dirtbag Vod

    Dirtbag

    Dave O'Leske (2017)

    Fred Beckey is the legendary American 'Dirtbag' mountaineer whose name has evoked mystery, sarcasm and adulation since the 1940s. His stubborn determination to climb one peak after another was translated into a solitary life on the road, where he left a trail of furious climbing partners and abandoned lovers. At the age of 94 he is still obsessed by the mountains and plans ambitious expeditions, but the man who once cavorted over the rock and ice now has to come to terms with everyday life. The story of this athletic rebel, who inspired generations of climbers with his monumental first ascents and impassioned books, is recounted for the first time.

    USA / 96 min

    Dirtbag

    Dave O'Leske

    • 2017
    • USA
    • 96 min
    Fred Beckey is the legendary American 'Dirtbag' mountaineer whose name has evoked mystery, sarcasm and adulation since the 1940s. His stubborn determination to climb one peak after another was translated into a solitary life on the road, where he left a trail of furious climbing partners and abandoned lovers. At the age of 94 he is still obsessed by the mountains and plans ambitious expeditions, but the man who once cavorted over the rock and ice now has to come to terms with everyday life. The story of this athletic rebel, who inspired generations of climbers with his monumental first ascents and impassioned books, is recounted for the first time.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Surrender to Everest

    Surrender to Everest

    Ned Kelly (1971)

    Norman Dyhrenfurth leads an expedition with thirty climbers from thirteen different countries including Don Whillans, Dougal Haston, Naomi Uemura, Pierre Mazeaud, and others. This optimistic expedition hopes to simultaneously climb the SW Face and the West Ridge Direct, but is fraught with one-upmanship, personality conflicts, and organizational problems. Harsh Bahuguna is caught out in a storm at Camp 3 and died despite the efforts of the rescue party. The expedition falters after his death, but Whillans and Haston push the SW Face route up to 27,400 feet (8,350 meters) before lack of equipment forces an end to the expedition.

    UK / 102 min

    Surrender to Everest

    Ned Kelly, Anthony Thomas

    • 1971
    • UK
    • 102 min
    Norman Dyhrenfurth leads an expedition with thirty climbers from thirteen different countries including Don Whillans, Dougal Haston, Naomi Uemura, Pierre Mazeaud, and others. This optimistic expedition hopes to simultaneously climb the SW Face and the West Ridge Direct, but is fraught with one-upmanship, personality conflicts, and organizational problems. Harsh Bahuguna is caught out in a storm at Camp 3 and died despite the efforts of the rescue party. The expedition falters after his death, but Whillans and Haston push the SW Face route up to 27,400 feet (8,350 meters) before lack of equipment forces an end to the expedition.

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  • Documentary / Biographical

    Don Whillans - Myth and legend DVD

    Don Whillans - Myth and legend

    Leo Dickinson (2006)

    Don Whillans was one of the leading rock climbers of his generation. This film examines Don’s gritstone horrors, his hard routes in Wales, then follows him to the Alps and beyond on several of his epic expeditions. But it also focuses on Don’s unique humor, his devastating oneliners that pricked pomposity wherever he found it and poked fun at those who deserved it. Don may have died 20 years ago but the myth surrounding Whillans can still be heard whenever climbers reminisce about a time when hard men were hard and legends were being made. Perhaps his partner Joe Brown best sums him up, 'Don was unique'.

    UK / 80 min

    Don Whillans - Myth and legend

    Leo Dickinson

    • 2006
    • UK
    • 80 min
    Don Whillans was one of the leading rock climbers of his generation. This film examines Don’s gritstone horrors, his hard routes in Wales, then follows him to the Alps and beyond on several of his epic expeditions. But it also focuses on Don’s unique humor, his devastating oneliners that pricked pomposity wherever he found it and poked fun at those who deserved it. Don may have died 20 years ago but the myth surrounding Whillans can still be heard whenever climbers reminisce about a time when hard men were hard and legends were being made. Perhaps his partner Joe Brown best sums him up, 'Don was unique'.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Erfolg am Dhaulagiri

    Erfolg am Dhaulagiri

    Norman Dyhrenfurth (1960)

    Erfolg am Dhaulagiri is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Dhaulagiri. It was directed by Norman Dyhrenfurth in 1960. It features Max Eiselin, Kurt Diemberger, Peter Diener, Norman Dyhrenfurth, Ernst Forrer, Georg Hajdukiewicz and others.

    Switzerland / 56 min

    Erfolg am Dhaulagiri

    Norman Dyhrenfurth

    • 1960
    • Switzerland
    • 56 min
    Erfolg am Dhaulagiri is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Dhaulagiri. It was directed by Norman Dyhrenfurth in 1960. It features Max Eiselin, Kurt Diemberger, Peter Diener, Norman Dyhrenfurth, Ernst Forrer, Georg Hajdukiewicz and others.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Uomini sull'Everest

    Norman Dyhrenfurth (1954)

    Alternative version of the film Mount Everest 1952, the official record of the swiss expeditions to climb Mount Everest in 1952. Led by Edouard Wyss-Dunant, the 1952 spring Swiss Mount Everest expedition saw Raymond Lambert and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reach a height of about 8,595 metres (28,199 ft) on the southeast ridge, setting a new climbing altitude record, opening up a new route to Mount Everest and paving the way for further successes by other expeditions. The film also records a second Swiss expedition in the autumn of 1952, after the monsoon, the first serious attempt to climb Everest at that time of year.

    Switzerland / 44 min

    Uomini sull'Everest

    Norman Dyhrenfurth, André Roch

    • 1954
    • Switzerland
    • 44 min
    Alternative version of the film Mount Everest 1952, the official record of the swiss expeditions to climb Mount Everest in 1952. Led by Edouard Wyss-Dunant, the 1952 spring Swiss Mount Everest expedition saw Raymond Lambert and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reach a height of about 8,595 metres (28,199 ft) on the southeast ridge, setting a new climbing altitude record, opening up a new route to Mount Everest and paving the way for further successes by other expeditions. The film also records a second Swiss expedition in the autumn of 1952, after the monsoon, the first serious attempt to climb Everest at that time of year.

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  • Documentary / Biographical

    Nawang Gombu - Heart of a Tiger

    Bev Chapman (2012)

    The nephew of Tenzing Norgay, Nawang Gombu was the youngest Sherpa climber on the 1953 Everest expedition carrying supplies above 25000 feet. He went on to become the first man in the world to summit Mt. Everest twice. He stood on the highest point on the planet with Jim Whittaker on the American expedition in 1963 and again on the first successful Indian expedition in 1965. But 'firsts' are only a small part of what makes this man's story extraordinary. A deeply spiritual man all his life, he helped his family and others achieve what had been so hard for him to accomplish. Standing on the shoulders of his famous uncle, he helped lift the status of Sherpas to that of world-class climbers.

    India, USA / 47 min

    Nawang Gombu - Heart of a Tiger

    Bev Chapman

    • 2012
    • India, USA
    • 47 min
    The nephew of Tenzing Norgay, Nawang Gombu was the youngest Sherpa climber on the 1953 Everest expedition carrying supplies above 25000 feet. He went on to become the first man in the world to summit Mt. Everest twice. He stood on the highest point on the planet with Jim Whittaker on the American expedition in 1963 and again on the first successful Indian expedition in 1965. But 'firsts' are only a small part of what makes this man's story extraordinary. A deeply spiritual man all his life, he helped his family and others achieve what had been so hard for him to accomplish. Standing on the shoulders of his famous uncle, he helped lift the status of Sherpas to that of world-class climbers.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Mythos Everest

    Mythos Everest

    Andreas Nickel (2013)

    For the anniversary year of the first ascent of the highest mountain on earth ServusTV broadcasts a special edition of Bergwelten. In this gripping documentary, alpine legend Reinhold Messner presents the milestones in the history of Mount Everest - from the great successes and tragedies to today's '8000er package tourism'. In this special edition we also show current pictures from the base camp, where up to 1,000 mountaineers are expected for the anniversary.

    Austria / 50 min

    Mythos Everest

    Andreas Nickel

    • 2013
    • Austria
    • 50 min
    For the anniversary year of the first ascent of the highest mountain on earth ServusTV broadcasts a special edition of Bergwelten. In this gripping documentary, alpine legend Reinhold Messner presents the milestones in the history of Mount Everest - from the great successes and tragedies to today's '8000er package tourism'. In this special edition we also show current pictures from the base camp, where up to 1,000 mountaineers are expected for the anniversary.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Solo Khumbu

    Solo Khumbu

    Norman Dyhrenfurth (1956)

    Solo Khumbu is a documentary about expedition that takes place in Lhotse. It was directed by Norman Dyhrenfurth in 1956 and produced by ABC. It features Norman Dyhrenfurth, Erwin Schneider, Ernst Senn, Bruno Spirig, Arthur Spöhel, Fred Beckey and others.

    Switzerland

    Solo Khumbu

    Norman Dyhrenfurth

    • 1956
    • Switzerland
    Solo Khumbu is a documentary about expedition that takes place in Lhotse. It was directed by Norman Dyhrenfurth in 1956 and produced by ABC. It features Norman Dyhrenfurth, Erwin Schneider, Ernst Senn, Bruno Spirig, Arthur Spöhel, Fred Beckey and others.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Himalaya - Piloten und pioniere

    Himalaya - Piloten und pioniere

    Norman Dyhrenfurth (1979)

    Himalaya - Piloten und pioniere is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Dhaulagiri. It was directed by Norman Dyhrenfurth in 1979. It features Ernst Saxer and Emil Wick.

    Switzerland / 44 min

    Himalaya - Piloten und pioniere

    Norman Dyhrenfurth

    • 1979
    • Switzerland
    • 44 min
    Himalaya - Piloten und pioniere is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Dhaulagiri. It was directed by Norman Dyhrenfurth in 1979. It features Ernst Saxer and Emil Wick.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Conquest of Dhaulagiri

    Conquest of Dhaulagiri

    Fae Thomas (1961)

    Conquest of Dhaulagiri is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Dhaulagiri. It was produced in 1961 by ABC. It is a part of the series Expedition!. It features John D. Craig, Max Eiselin, Kurt Diemberger, Peter Diener, Norman Dyhrenfurth, Ernst Forrer and others.

    USA / 30 min

    Conquest of Dhaulagiri

    Fae Thomas

    • 1961
    • USA
    • 30 min
    Conquest of Dhaulagiri is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Dhaulagiri. It was produced in 1961 by ABC. It is a part of the series Expedition!. It features John D. Craig, Max Eiselin, Kurt Diemberger, Peter Diener, Norman Dyhrenfurth, Ernst Forrer and others.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Les voies les plus dures

    Les voies les plus dures

    Daniel Costelle (1981)

    Les voies les plus dures is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Makalu and Dhaulagiri. It was directed by Daniel Costelle in 1981 and produced by TF1. It is a part of the series Les grandes aventures de l'Himalaya (4/6). It features Yannick Seigneur, Norman Dyhrenfurth, Tenzing Norgay and Max Eiselin.

    France / 52 min

    Les voies les plus dures

    Daniel Costelle, Maurice Herzog

    • 1981
    • France
    • 52 min
    Les voies les plus dures is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Makalu and Dhaulagiri. It was directed by Daniel Costelle in 1981 and produced by TF1. It is a part of the series Les grandes aventures de l'Himalaya (4/6). It features Yannick Seigneur, Norman Dyhrenfurth, Tenzing Norgay and Max Eiselin.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Le toit du monde

    Le toit du monde

    Daniel Costelle (1981)

    Le toit du monde is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Everest. It was directed by Daniel Costelle in 1981 and produced by TF1. It is a part of the series Les grandes aventures de l'Himalaya (2/6). It features Norman Dyhrenfurth.

    France / 52 min

    Le toit du monde

    Daniel Costelle, Maurice Herzog

    • 1981
    • France
    • 52 min
    Le toit du monde is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Everest. It was directed by Daniel Costelle in 1981 and produced by TF1. It is a part of the series Les grandes aventures de l'Himalaya (2/6). It features Norman Dyhrenfurth.

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