Documentary / Historical
This is the story of how, on May 29, 1953, two men, both endowed with outstanding stamina and skill reached for the first time the top of the world: the summit of Mount Everest. Sir Edmund Hillary, accompanies us with his narration through all the stages of his victorious ascent, telling unknown details and reliving the epic climb giving the story an unprecedented and surprising testimony. His description of Tenzing definitely clarifies his relationship with his partner and his narration of why he wants to reach the summit enlightens us intimately on his motivation as mountaineer.
- Italy, UK
- 57 min
Drama / Adventure
This is a health and safety film on accident prevention using professional actors, and with Joe Brown as stuntman. It tells the story of two steelworkers who attempt to climb a rock in the Dolomites. During the ascent, one of the climbers gets hit on the head by falling rocks and is knocked unconscious. As his mate descends to get help he too has an accident when he loses his hammer, and he too lies on a ledge. A film produced for the British Iron and Steel Federation and nominated to the Bafta awards in 1960 as the Best Specialised Film.
- 36 min
Documentary / Expedition Journal
Story of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay. The documentary details from the history of Mount Everest and earlier climbing expeditions to preparations (including oxygen and equipment testing at Farnborough) and description of the route. Includes voice commentary from John Hunt, Charles Wylie and Edmund Hillary. Camps, acclimatization and assault parties. Ends with a triumphant Hillary and Tenzing arriving back at Camp IV, and being congratulated by the team. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary.
- 78 min
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