Filmography

Walter Bonatti

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Cervino - La montagna del mondo

    Nicolò Bongiorno (2015)

    In this documentary, Mike Bongiorno's son tells the story of his father's love for one of the most beautiful mountains in the world, the Matterhorn. A journey through time, in contact with the wisdom of the wildest nature, in search of a new 'way' within themselves. At the centre of this initiatory story is the spectacular ascent of the normal Italian Matterhorn route by a young man, opened by J.A. Carrel in 1865. To create a bridge between the documents and the historical testimonies of the mountaineering route of 150 years ago and that of today, some exceptional protagonists who accompany the ascent of the protagonist.

    Italy / 67 min

    Cervino - La montagna del mondo

    Nicolò Bongiorno

    • 2015
    • Italy
    • 67 min
    In this documentary, Mike Bongiorno's son tells the story of his father's love for one of the most beautiful mountains in the world, the Matterhorn. A journey through time, in contact with the wisdom of the wildest nature, in search of a new 'way' within themselves. At the centre of this initiatory story is the spectacular ascent of the normal Italian Matterhorn route by a young man, opened by J.A. Carrel in 1865. To create a bridge between the documents and the historical testimonies of the mountaineering route of 150 years ago and that of today, some exceptional protagonists who accompany the ascent of the protagonist.

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  • Docudrama / Chronicle

    The summit

    Nick Ryan (2012)

    K2 is the second-highest peak in the world but is renowned as the most dangerous -- and revered by mountaineers as their ultimate challenge. In August 2008, 18 climbers reached the summit of K2. Forty-eight hours later, 11 people were dead. What happened on that fateful day has never been fully resolved. Utilizing found footage, realistic reenactments, and interviews with survivors, The Summit zigzags back and forth in time, interweaving multiple narrative threads and piecing together events that took place that day—one of the deadliest in mountain-climbing history. With the help of breath-taking cinematography, director Nick Ryan creates a tension-filled, experiential film that will have viewers on the edge of their seats.

    USA, UK, Switzerland, Ireland / 95 min

    The summit

    Nick Ryan

    • 2012
    • USA, UK, Switzerland, Ireland
    • 95 min
    K2 is the second-highest peak in the world but is renowned as the most dangerous -- and revered by mountaineers as their ultimate challenge. In August 2008, 18 climbers reached the summit of K2. Forty-eight hours later, 11 people were dead. What happened on that fateful day has never been fully resolved. Utilizing found footage, realistic reenactments, and interviews with survivors, The Summit zigzags back and forth in time, interweaving multiple narrative threads and piecing together events that took place that day—one of the deadliest in mountain-climbing history. With the help of breath-taking cinematography, director Nick Ryan creates a tension-filled, experiential film that will have viewers on the edge of their seats.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    La conquista del K2 DVD

    La conquista del K2

    Alessandro Varchetta (2004)

    In 1954, an Italian expedition led by Ardito Desio set out to climb K2: the participants were recruited among some of the best Italian mountaineers and after undertaking a period of innovative training for that time, they left directly for the massif of Karakorum. Under the almost military command of Desio, Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli reached the peak. Walter Bonatti, twenty-three at the time, the youngest in the expedition, spent a night without shelter at an altitude of 8100 meters, after having carried oxygen bottles to Campagnoni and Lacedelli. The K2 conquest followed a trail of controversy, although returning home to Italy was triumphant: the Italian mountaineers succeeded in climbing K2.

    Italy / 49 min

    La conquista del K2

    Alessandro Varchetta

    • 2004
    • Italy
    • 49 min
    In 1954, an Italian expedition led by Ardito Desio set out to climb K2: the participants were recruited among some of the best Italian mountaineers and after undertaking a period of innovative training for that time, they left directly for the massif of Karakorum. Under the almost military command of Desio, Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli reached the peak. Walter Bonatti, twenty-three at the time, the youngest in the expedition, spent a night without shelter at an altitude of 8100 meters, after having carried oxygen bottles to Campagnoni and Lacedelli. The K2 conquest followed a trail of controversy, although returning home to Italy was triumphant: the Italian mountaineers succeeded in climbing K2.

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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 / 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 / Expedition Journal

    Piedra de luz Vod

    Piedra de luz

    Sebastián Álvaro (2010)

    Gasherbrum IV, standing at 7,925 meters, is probably the most beautiful mountain in the Karakorum, the only one capable of putting the majesty of K2 into the shade. It was first climbed on 6 August 1958 by Italian mountaineers Walter Bonatti and Carlo Mauri. Fifty years after that great achievement, a team of friends, Alberto Iñurrategui, José Carlos Tamayo, Mikel Zabala, Juan Vallejo, and Ferran Latorre, decide to tackle this colossal monument to inaccessibility. It is the end of a long journey and the start of a great story of friendship in the mountains.

    Spain / 48 min

    Piedra de luz

    Sebastián Álvaro

    • 2010
    • Spain
    • 48 min
    Gasherbrum IV, standing at 7,925 meters, is probably the most beautiful mountain in the Karakorum, the only one capable of putting the majesty of K2 into the shade. It was first climbed on 6 August 1958 by Italian mountaineers Walter Bonatti and Carlo Mauri. Fifty years after that great achievement, a team of friends, Alberto Iñurrategui, José Carlos Tamayo, Mikel Zabala, Juan Vallejo, and Ferran Latorre, decide to tackle this colossal monument to inaccessibility. It is the end of a long journey and the start of a great story of friendship in the mountains.

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  • Documentary / Making Of

    Les habitants des Flammes de Pierre

    Gilbert Dassonville (1959)

    Making of the film 'Le pilier de la solitude', a film that recreates the historical ascent of the southwest pillar of the Drus (the Bonatti Pillar), in the Mont Blanc Massif, by Walter Bonatti in 1955. A 800 meters high vertical wall that Bonatti did solo over the course of six days with provisions for only three days. In the film, the notorious swiss alpinist Michel Vaucher plays the role of Bonatti. Unlike the film Le Pilier de la solitude, which was shot in black and white, the making of was shot in beautiful color.

    France / 23 min

    Les habitants des Flammes de Pierre

    Gilbert Dassonville

    • 1959
    • France
    • 23 min
    Making of the film 'Le pilier de la solitude', a film that recreates the historical ascent of the southwest pillar of the Drus (the Bonatti Pillar), in the Mont Blanc Massif, by Walter Bonatti in 1955. A 800 meters high vertical wall that Bonatti did solo over the course of six days with provisions for only three days. In the film, the notorious swiss alpinist Michel Vaucher plays the role of Bonatti. Unlike the film Le Pilier de la solitude, which was shot in black and white, the making of was shot in beautiful color.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Finis Terrae

    Fulvio Mariani (1999)

    Walter Bonatti travels to Patagonia to retrace the extraordinary story of the Salesian explorer Alberto Maria De Agostini and his titanic exploration work of the lands and mountains of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Recovering photos and actual footage of the De Agostini Expeditions, the film, entirely shot in Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia in 1999, is a real journey into the lands of myth, and proposes, in a curious perspective that combines present and past, a fantastic sequence of some of the most spectacular places and savages of the American regions of the far South.

    Switzerland / 73 min

    Finis Terrae

    Fulvio Mariani

    • 1999
    • Switzerland
    • 73 min
    Walter Bonatti travels to Patagonia to retrace the extraordinary story of the Salesian explorer Alberto Maria De Agostini and his titanic exploration work of the lands and mountains of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Recovering photos and actual footage of the De Agostini Expeditions, the film, entirely shot in Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia in 1999, is a real journey into the lands of myth, and proposes, in a curious perspective that combines present and past, a fantastic sequence of some of the most spectacular places and savages of the American regions of the far South.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    La parete d’Alnasca

    Mario Casella (2014)

    Poncione d'Alnasca dominates the Verzasca Valley between Brione and Lavertezzo. As the late and very strong alpinist Marco Pedrini wrote: 'its south wall, 500 m high, is undoubtedly the most beautiful in Ticino and forms an almost perfect triangle, vertical and very compact'. We will take you on the wall with Lorenzo Petazzi, one of the first climbers, to relive the epic of this historical page of European mountaineering. A short film by Fulvio Mariani and Mario Casella produced for the Sottosopra series.

    Switzerland / 9 min

    La parete d’Alnasca

    Mario Casella, Fulvio Mariani

    • 2014
    • Switzerland
    • 9 min
    Poncione d'Alnasca dominates the Verzasca Valley between Brione and Lavertezzo. As the late and very strong alpinist Marco Pedrini wrote: 'its south wall, 500 m high, is undoubtedly the most beautiful in Ticino and forms an almost perfect triangle, vertical and very compact'. We will take you on the wall with Lorenzo Petazzi, one of the first climbers, to relive the epic of this historical page of European mountaineering. A short film by Fulvio Mariani and Mario Casella produced for the Sottosopra series.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Il Cervino - La montagna perfetta Vod

    Il Cervino - La montagna perfetta

    Matteo Di Calisto (2015)

    By Matteo Di Calisto and Marco Melega. Mount Cervino is the 150th anniversary of its first conquest, which represented a turning point in the history of world mountaineering. Through the testimonies of the great climbers who have made incredible achievements on this mountain, the challenges and achievements that have contributed to making the Matterhorn a world icon are relived.

    Italy / 55 min

    Il Cervino - La montagna perfetta

    Matteo Di Calisto

    • 2015
    • Italy
    • 55 min
    By Matteo Di Calisto and Marco Melega. Mount Cervino is the 150th anniversary of its first conquest, which represented a turning point in the history of world mountaineering. Through the testimonies of the great climbers who have made incredible achievements on this mountain, the challenges and achievements that have contributed to making the Matterhorn a world icon are relived.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Andrea Oggioni - L'alpinista operaio

    Paolo Tentori (2017)

    Angelo Pinciroli and Walter Bonatti tell, from two different points of view, the story of Andrea Oggioni, a strong mountaineer who lost his life in the tragedy of the Central Pillar of Frêney in 1961.The story of Pinciroli is unusual: in 1961, a few months after the tragedy of the Freney, he was assigned the work cabinet at Pirelli in Milan, which belonged to Andrea, and he was a worker and later a mountain guide. In it you will find a photo that will be the emotional stimulus for this short story.

    Italy / 11 min

    Andrea Oggioni - L'alpinista operaio

    Paolo Tentori

    • 2017
    • Italy
    • 11 min
    Angelo Pinciroli and Walter Bonatti tell, from two different points of view, the story of Andrea Oggioni, a strong mountaineer who lost his life in the tragedy of the Central Pillar of Frêney in 1961.The story of Pinciroli is unusual: in 1961, a few months after the tragedy of the Freney, he was assigned the work cabinet at Pirelli in Milan, which belonged to Andrea, and he was a worker and later a mountain guide. In it you will find a photo that will be the emotional stimulus for this short story.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Rimpatriano i reduci del K2

    Rimpatriano i reduci del K2

    Mario Fantin (1954)

    A film about the return to Italy of the participants in the 1954 K2 expedition. The expedition made the first ascent of K2 via the Abruzzi Spur on 31 July 1954. The expedition was led by Ardito Desio, and the two climbers who reached the summit were Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni. A documentary by the prolific mountain filmmaker Mario Fantin.

    Italy / 12 min

    Rimpatriano i reduci del K2

    Rimpatriano i reduci del K2

    Mario Fantin

    • 1954
    • Italy
    • 12 min
    A film about the return to Italy of the participants in the 1954 K2 expedition. The expedition made the first ascent of K2 via the Abruzzi Spur on 31 July 1954. The expedition was led by Ardito Desio, and the two climbers who reached the summit were Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni. A documentary by the prolific mountain filmmaker Mario Fantin.

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