Filmography

René Desmaison

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    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 / 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

    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 / Report

    Le drame des Grandes Jorasses

    Le drame des Grandes Jorasses

    Jacques Ertaud (1971)

    Report by the French television about the drama that kept France in breath for a week: the winter attempt by René Desmaison and Serge Gousseault to the north face of the Grandes Jorasses, which ended with the death of Gousseault and the rescue of Desmaison when they got caught just 300 meters below the summit. The report was broadcast within the program 'Les coulisses de l'exploit' (Behind the scenes), a monthly sports news program created by Jacques Goddet and Raymond Marcillac, and broadcast on RTF Télévision then on the first channel of the ORTF from December 13, 1961 to August 16, 1972.

    France / 30 min

    Le drame des Grandes Jorasses

    Jacques Ertaud

    • 1971
    • France
    • 30 min
    Report by the French television about the drama that kept France in breath for a week: the winter attempt by René Desmaison and Serge Gousseault to the north face of the Grandes Jorasses, which ended with the death of Gousseault and the rescue of Desmaison when they got caught just 300 meters below the summit. The report was broadcast within the program 'Les coulisses de l'exploit' (Behind the scenes), a monthly sports news program created by Jacques Goddet and Raymond Marcillac, and broadcast on RTF Télévision then on the first channel of the ORTF from December 13, 1961 to August 16, 1972.

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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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  • Documentary / Report

    A la conquête du Jannu

    Jacques Ertaud (1962)

    A report documenting the efforts made by a French expedition led by Lionel Terray to conquer an inaccessible peak of the Himalayas, the small Jannu, 7710 meters high. After a first attempt in 1959, finally in 1962 the goal was reached, at the cost of extenuating efforts, hardships, dangers and obstacles of all kinds. On April 27, Robert Paragot, Paul Keller, René Desmaison, and Sherpa Gyalzen Mitchu set foot on the summit, followed the next day by Jean Ravier, Lionel Terray, and Sherpa Wangdi. The documentary is a report by the French television broadcasted within the program 'Les coulisses de l'exploit' (Behind the scenes).

    France / 11 min

    A la conquête du Jannu

    Jacques Ertaud

    • 1962
    • France
    • 11 min
    A report documenting the efforts made by a French expedition led by Lionel Terray to conquer an inaccessible peak of the Himalayas, the small Jannu, 7710 meters high. After a first attempt in 1959, finally in 1962 the goal was reached, at the cost of extenuating efforts, hardships, dangers and obstacles of all kinds. On April 27, Robert Paragot, Paul Keller, René Desmaison, and Sherpa Gyalzen Mitchu set foot on the summit, followed the next day by Jean Ravier, Lionel Terray, and Sherpa Wangdi. The documentary is a report by the French television broadcasted within the program 'Les coulisses de l'exploit' (Behind the scenes).

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Jannu, chronique d'une conquête

    Jannu, chronique d'une conquête

    René Vernadet (1962)

    The film documents the efforts made by French mountaineers to conquer an impervious peak of the Himalayas, the small Jannu, 7710 meters high. After a first attempt in 1959, finally last year the goal was reached, at the cost of extenuating efforts, hardships, dangers and obstacles of all kinds.

    France / 45 min

    Jannu, chronique d'une conquête

    René Vernadet

    • 1962
    • France
    • 45 min
    The film documents the efforts made by French mountaineers to conquer an impervious peak of the Himalayas, the small Jannu, 7710 meters high. After a first attempt in 1959, finally last year the goal was reached, at the cost of extenuating efforts, hardships, dangers and obstacles of all kinds.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Les Andes vertigineuses

    Les Andes vertigineuses

    René Desmaison (1980)

    Les Andes vertigineuses is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Huandoy. It was directed by René Desmaison in 1980. It features René Desmaison, Pierre Cerquetta, Patrick Wetter, Maurice Faivre, Didier Faivre, Pierre Perry and others.

    France / 30 min

    Les Andes vertigineuses

    René Desmaison

    • 1980
    • France
    • 30 min
    Les Andes vertigineuses is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Huandoy. It was directed by René Desmaison in 1980. It features René Desmaison, Pierre Cerquetta, Patrick Wetter, Maurice Faivre, Didier Faivre, Pierre Perry and others.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Victoires sur l'Himalaya

    Victoires sur l'Himalaya

    Jean-Marie Perthus (1960)

    Retrospective of four major summits climbed by French expeditions: Annapurna (8078m) in 1950; Makalu (8481m) in 1955; Mustagh Tower (7273m) in 1956 and Le Jannu (7710m) in 1962. A film by Lucien Berardini and Jean-Marie Perthus with the support of the Club Alpin Français and the FFME (Fédération française de la montagne et de l'escalade).

    France / 29 min

    Victoires sur l'Himalaya

    Jean-Marie Perthus, Lucien Bérardini

    • 1960
    • France
    • 29 min
    Retrospective of four major summits climbed by French expeditions: Annapurna (8078m) in 1950; Makalu (8481m) in 1955; Mustagh Tower (7273m) in 1956 and Le Jannu (7710m) in 1962. A film by Lucien Berardini and Jean-Marie Perthus with the support of the Club Alpin Français and the FFME (Fédération française de la montagne et de l'escalade).

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Quand les alpinistes font leur cinéma

    Quand les alpinistes font leur cinéma

    Claude Francillon (2000)

    Many mountaineers in the course of their activity have used cameras and films to let us participate through images in their adventures and emotions. Many of them have become true film professionals: Lionel Terray, Marcel Ichac, Renè Vernadet, Jean Afanasieff, Pierre Royer, Denis Ducroz, Kurt Diemberg and many others are among the so-called conquerors of the mountain image. The film describes the passion of these men in the highest mountains on earth...behind the lens.

    France / 47 min

    Quand les alpinistes font leur cinéma

    Claude Francillon

    • 2000
    • France
    • 47 min
    Many mountaineers in the course of their activity have used cameras and films to let us participate through images in their adventures and emotions. Many of them have become true film professionals: Lionel Terray, Marcel Ichac, Renè Vernadet, Jean Afanasieff, Pierre Royer, Denis Ducroz, Kurt Diemberg and many others are among the so-called conquerors of the mountain image. The film describes the passion of these men in the highest mountains on earth...behind the lens.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Gary Hemming Vod

    Gary Hemming

    Jean Afanassieff (1996)

    he American Alpine climber Gary Hemming was a figure of the 60’s. The story of this out-of-the-common character is closely linked to that of the mountain rescue in Les Drus in 1966, in the mont Blanc range, a rescue he took the initiative for. The press fell on the event and raised Gary Hemming to the status of a national hero. All the papers show on the front page this big young man who looks like a 'beatnik' dressed all anyhow, with a wide smile and long fair hair. From then on, he is nicknamed the beatnik of the summits. In Chamonix he is already known. Gary landed in France in 1960 and while preparing a university degree in Grenoble, he devotes himself to his passion: climbing.

    France / 25 min

    Gary Hemming

    Jean Afanassieff

    • 1996
    • France
    • 25 min
    he American Alpine climber Gary Hemming was a figure of the 60’s. The story of this out-of-the-common character is closely linked to that of the mountain rescue in Les Drus in 1966, in the mont Blanc range, a rescue he took the initiative for. The press fell on the event and raised Gary Hemming to the status of a national hero. All the papers show on the front page this big young man who looks like a 'beatnik' dressed all anyhow, with a wide smile and long fair hair. From then on, he is nicknamed the beatnik of the summits. In Chamonix he is already known. Gary landed in France in 1960 and while preparing a university degree in Grenoble, he devotes himself to his passion: climbing.

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    Video on Demand

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