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    The ghosts of K2

    Mick Conefrey (2001)

    This is the story of Fritz Wiessener and Charley Houston, two great climbers who tried to get to the top of K2, the second highest mountain in the world. In 1939 Wiessener almost made it, but his expedition ended in bitter controversy. Fourteen years later, Charley Houston made his second attempt on the mountain. It ended in tragedy but it is an amazing story of courage and camaraderie. The film draws on rare archive film footage, in-depth interviews, and specially shot material to tell the story of the men who risked their lives to conquer 'the Savage Mountain'. Third episode of 'Mountain men', a british documentary series looking at the achievements of pioneering mountaineers.

    UK / 50 min

    The ghosts of K2

    Mick Conefrey

    • 2001
    • UK
    • 50 min
    This is the story of Fritz Wiessener and Charley Houston, two great climbers who tried to get to the top of K2, the second highest mountain in the world. In 1939 Wiessener almost made it, but his expedition ended in bitter controversy. Fourteen years later, Charley Houston made his second attempt on the mountain. It ended in tragedy but it is an amazing story of courage and camaraderie. The film draws on rare archive film footage, in-depth interviews, and specially shot material to tell the story of the men who risked their lives to conquer 'the Savage Mountain'. Third episode of 'Mountain men', a british documentary series looking at the achievements of pioneering mountaineers.

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    Dhaulagiri 1954 - Argentinos en Himalaya

    Ignacio Aguirre (2004)

    In 1954, the first Argentine expedition to the Himalayas attempted to reach the summit of Dhaulagiri. After two nights of temperatures below minus 30 degrees C, in a snowstorm at 7600 meters, the leader of the expedition, Francisco Ibáñez, suffered frostbite to his feet and was unable to walk. A rescue was organized to bring him down from the mountain. Despite the efforts of his companions, Francisco died in Kathmandu. In 2004, the members of the expedition recall the experience that joined them forever. This is a story about 11 men and 50 years of friendship.

    Argentina / 32 min

    Dhaulagiri 1954 - Argentinos en Himalaya

    Ignacio Aguirre, Romina Coronel

    • 2004
    • Argentina
    • 32 min
    In 1954, the first Argentine expedition to the Himalayas attempted to reach the summit of Dhaulagiri. After two nights of temperatures below minus 30 degrees C, in a snowstorm at 7600 meters, the leader of the expedition, Francisco Ibáñez, suffered frostbite to his feet and was unable to walk. A rescue was organized to bring him down from the mountain. Despite the efforts of his companions, Francisco died in Kathmandu. In 2004, the members of the expedition recall the experience that joined them forever. This is a story about 11 men and 50 years of friendship.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    The misfit and the Matterhorn

    Mick Conefrey (2001)

    Edward Whymper's relentless siege of the Matterhorn in 1865 ended in controversy when four of his companions plunged to their deaths an hour after leaving the summit... The documentary is the second episode of 'Mountain men', a British documentary series looking at the achievements of pioneering mountaineers. The series, accompanied by unique archival materials, detailed maps, and photographs, invites us to follow in the footsteps of these fearless explorers, and tells us their stories with all the romance and audacity, bravado and suffering, courage and miscalculation intact.

    UK / 50 min

    The misfit and the Matterhorn

    Mick Conefrey

    • 2001
    • UK
    • 50 min
    Edward Whymper's relentless siege of the Matterhorn in 1865 ended in controversy when four of his companions plunged to their deaths an hour after leaving the summit... The documentary is the second episode of 'Mountain men', a British documentary series looking at the achievements of pioneering mountaineers. The series, accompanied by unique archival materials, detailed maps, and photographs, invites us to follow in the footsteps of these fearless explorers, and tells us their stories with all the romance and audacity, bravado and suffering, courage and miscalculation intact.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Disaster on Everest

    Gabriella Polletta (2004)

    In May 1996 Everest claimed the lives of 11 climbers. Some of these men and women were amateurs. They believed that any reasonably fit person could make it to the top of the world. They were adrenaline junkies but had to face tragic consequences when the forces of nature hit back. In May 1996, three groups departed Camp Four simultaneously, en route to the 29,028-foot summit. Over the next 48 hours, they faced hurricane-force winds, exposure, oxygen deprivation, freezing conditions, psychological pain and, ultimately, death. The film includes archive footage and testimony from expert mountaineers like Chris Bonington and Ed Viesturs, and from some of the disaster's survivors. 

    UK / 24 min

    Disaster on Everest

    Gabriella Polletta

    • 2004
    • UK
    • 24 min
    In May 1996 Everest claimed the lives of 11 climbers. Some of these men and women were amateurs. They believed that any reasonably fit person could make it to the top of the world. They were adrenaline junkies but had to face tragic consequences when the forces of nature hit back. In May 1996, three groups departed Camp Four simultaneously, en route to the 29,028-foot summit. Over the next 48 hours, they faced hurricane-force winds, exposure, oxygen deprivation, freezing conditions, psychological pain and, ultimately, death. The film includes archive footage and testimony from expert mountaineers like Chris Bonington and Ed Viesturs, and from some of the disaster's survivors. 

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Scuola estiva di sci

    Marcello Baldi (1949)

    The documentary describes Leo Gasperl's summer ski school on the Matterhorn's Plateau Rosa, in Italy. First, a group of novice skiers learn the basic techniques of alpine skiing. Then, Jean Pélissier makes a rock climbing demonstration on a rock face. Finally, the group of skiers make an alpine ascent carrying the skis to end up descending skiing back to the Plateau. The action concludes with the group celebrating the day at the refuge. A film by Marcello Baldi produced in 1948 by Edelweiss Film and featuring Leo Gasperl, Roby Gasperl, and Jean Pélissier.

    Italy / 10 min

    Scuola estiva di sci

    Marcello Baldi

    • 1949
    • Italy
    • 10 min
    The documentary describes Leo Gasperl's summer ski school on the Matterhorn's Plateau Rosa, in Italy. First, a group of novice skiers learn the basic techniques of alpine skiing. Then, Jean Pélissier makes a rock climbing demonstration on a rock face. Finally, the group of skiers make an alpine ascent carrying the skis to end up descending skiing back to the Plateau. The action concludes with the group celebrating the day at the refuge. A film by Marcello Baldi produced in 1948 by Edelweiss Film and featuring Leo Gasperl, Roby Gasperl, and Jean Pélissier.

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  • Documentary / Instructional

    Come si va in montagna

    Piero Lamperti (1951)

    Instructional film on the basic notions of rock climbing, structured in three parts: 1. The first rudiments of mountaineering: training to acquire strength and elasticity, the technique to tie yourself in a rope; 2. The technique of rock climbing and rappelling; 3. Rock climbing and abseiling on a short vertical wall. A film by Piero Lamperti produced in 1951 by Incom-Scuola.

    Italy / 40 min

    Come si va in montagna

    Piero Lamperti

    • 1951
    • Italy
    • 40 min
    Instructional film on the basic notions of rock climbing, structured in three parts: 1. The first rudiments of mountaineering: training to acquire strength and elasticity, the technique to tie yourself in a rope; 2. The technique of rock climbing and rappelling; 3. Rock climbing and abseiling on a short vertical wall. A film by Piero Lamperti produced in 1951 by Incom-Scuola.

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  • Docudrama / Recreation

    Alerte en montagne

    Hélène Dassonville (1959)

    The recreation of a mountain rescue on a vertical rock face in the Mont Blanc Massif. From the Couvercle Hutt, an accident is reported to the rescue service in Chamonix. Immediately a rescue team is organized. A Civil Protection helicopter sees the two climbers in difficulty and injured. After a night spent in the Couvercle shelter, rescuers, heavily loaded, go to the scene of the accident. They must climb to the top and then descend to the height of the climbers. A man rappels and returns the most seriously injured on his back. The descent is difficult. A cable car must be improvised to transport the injured man to the glacier.

    France / 17 min

    Alerte en montagne

    Hélène Dassonville

    • 1959
    • France
    • 17 min
    The recreation of a mountain rescue on a vertical rock face in the Mont Blanc Massif. From the Couvercle Hutt, an accident is reported to the rescue service in Chamonix. Immediately a rescue team is organized. A Civil Protection helicopter sees the two climbers in difficulty and injured. After a night spent in the Couvercle shelter, rescuers, heavily loaded, go to the scene of the accident. They must climb to the top and then descend to the height of the climbers. A man rappels and returns the most seriously injured on his back. The descent is difficult. A cable car must be improvised to transport the injured man to the glacier.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Wings on the Himalayas

    Vic Bray (1955)

    In 1955 the Royal Air Force Mountaineering Association underwent an ambitious expedition to climb several unnamed peaks north of Manali in India. The expedition the the Lahoul region, led by Captain Tony Smyth was the first successful mountaineering expedition to this region. The team made several first ascents, among them, to the peaks Taragiri, Tambu, Shikar Beh and Ashagiri.

    UK / 30 min

    Wings on the Himalayas

    Vic Bray

    • 1955
    • UK
    • 30 min
    In 1955 the Royal Air Force Mountaineering Association underwent an ambitious expedition to climb several unnamed peaks north of Manali in India. The expedition the the Lahoul region, led by Captain Tony Smyth was the first successful mountaineering expedition to this region. The team made several first ascents, among them, to the peaks Taragiri, Tambu, Shikar Beh and Ashagiri.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Von Kastelruth nach Hollywood

    Hans-Jürgen Panitz (1986)

    Luis Trenker was born in Kastelruth 95 years ago. With perseverance and ability he became actor, director and author of many of his films and soon realized that Val Gardena was too small for his ambitions. In America he made two of his best films: 'The Prodigal Son' and 'The Emperor of California'. Because of these two films in particular, Luis Trenker became known at the moment as the European John Ford. He was a pioneer, a passionate, a powerful king of mountain film. A sentimental person who made his films out of his stomach. In the documentary Trenker reports on his experiences, a kaleidoscope of successful years, a review of color and power.

    Germany / 48 min

    Von Kastelruth nach Hollywood

    Hans-Jürgen Panitz

    • 1986
    • Germany
    • 48 min
    Luis Trenker was born in Kastelruth 95 years ago. With perseverance and ability he became actor, director and author of many of his films and soon realized that Val Gardena was too small for his ambitions. In America he made two of his best films: 'The Prodigal Son' and 'The Emperor of California'. Because of these two films in particular, Luis Trenker became known at the moment as the European John Ford. He was a pioneer, a passionate, a powerful king of mountain film. A sentimental person who made his films out of his stomach. In the documentary Trenker reports on his experiences, a kaleidoscope of successful years, a review of color and power.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Uomini e montagne

    Severino Casara (1955)

    The documentary shows scenes of mountaineers climbing in the the Mont Blanc Massif glaciers and also focusses on the beauties of the landscapes and the life of people in the surrounding valleys. First we see a party of three roped men crossing different glacier passages on the way up to the Breithorn and later, Toni Gobbi e Giulio Salomone overcome vertical ice slopes in a climbing route in the Mont Blanc Massif. The film, by the Italian prolific mountain filmmaker Severino Casara was awarded at the Venice Film Festival.

    Italy / 10 min

    Uomini e montagne

    Severino Casara

    • 1955
    • Italy
    • 10 min
    The documentary shows scenes of mountaineers climbing in the the Mont Blanc Massif glaciers and also focusses on the beauties of the landscapes and the life of people in the surrounding valleys. First we see a party of three roped men crossing different glacier passages on the way up to the Breithorn and later, Toni Gobbi e Giulio Salomone overcome vertical ice slopes in a climbing route in the Mont Blanc Massif. The film, by the Italian prolific mountain filmmaker Severino Casara was awarded at the Venice Film Festival.

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  • Documentary / Instructional

    To the top of Ben Nevis

    John C. Elder (1949)

    A boy and his uncle climb Ben Nevis. At the summit they see two climbers coming off the cliff face through the mist, one of whom describes to the boy safety precautions necessary when climbing. A colour silent film by John C. Elder, produced by Gaumont British Instructional as part of the series Junior Educational Adventures.

    UK / 11 min

    To the top of Ben Nevis

    John C. Elder

    • 1949
    • UK
    • 11 min
    A boy and his uncle climb Ben Nevis. At the summit they see two climbers coming off the cliff face through the mist, one of whom describes to the boy safety precautions necessary when climbing. A colour silent film by John C. Elder, produced by Gaumont British Instructional as part of the series Junior Educational Adventures.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    The fingertip phenomenon

    Sid Perou (1984)

    Ron Fawcett at his peak in the climbing on the breathtaking limestone walls of the Verdon Gorge of Southern France, accompanied by his wife Gill and Gerry Peel. In the film, Ron and Gill are interviewed in Britain and we can see them climbing and training in the Peak District. Then in France, they camp with tents in a camping, and between climbs, they appear in a cafe terrace at night talking to Patrick Edlinger. Fawcett is noted for being amongst the outstanding rock climbers of the 1970s and 1980s, and for being one of the first professional rock climbers.

    UK / 51 min

    The fingertip phenomenon

    Sid Perou

    • 1984
    • UK
    • 51 min
    Ron Fawcett at his peak in the climbing on the breathtaking limestone walls of the Verdon Gorge of Southern France, accompanied by his wife Gill and Gerry Peel. In the film, Ron and Gill are interviewed in Britain and we can see them climbing and training in the Peak District. Then in France, they camp with tents in a camping, and between climbs, they appear in a cafe terrace at night talking to Patrick Edlinger. Fawcett is noted for being amongst the outstanding rock climbers of the 1970s and 1980s, and for being one of the first professional rock climbers.

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