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    Venner

    Tancred Ibsen (1960)

    Mountain climbing and its dangers get a different twist in this standard drama by Norwegian director Tancred Ibsen. When one of two climbing buddies returns from an attempt to scale Eagle Peak, he is happy to claim his award for being the first to reach the summit. But his celebration is short-lived after his friend comes back down from the mountain with another version of his 'victory' climb. This second version has the supposedly successful climber cast as an attempted murderer. The story behind the climb comes out in flashbacks as the Alpine Club reviews the accusation.

    Norway / 91 min

    Venner

    Tancred Ibsen

    • 1960
    • Norway
    • 91 min
    Mountain climbing and its dangers get a different twist in this standard drama by Norwegian director Tancred Ibsen. When one of two climbing buddies returns from an attempt to scale Eagle Peak, he is happy to claim his award for being the first to reach the summit. But his celebration is short-lived after his friend comes back down from the mountain with another version of his 'victory' climb. This second version has the supposedly successful climber cast as an attempted murderer. The story behind the climb comes out in flashbacks as the Alpine Club reviews the accusation.

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  • Drama / Adventure

    No picnic at Mount Kenya

    No picnic at Mount Kenya

    Norman Felton (1953)

    Episode of the American dramatic television series 'Robert Montgomery Presents'. Based on a true story from World War II, the film tells the story of Felice Benuzzi, one of 10,000 prisoners of war held at the Kenya camp. Benuzzi and two others managed to escape the camp by successfully scaling down the 17,000-foot high Mt. Kenya. At the beginnig of the show, Robert Montgomery salutes director Norman Felton and congratulates him for pulling off such a technically challenging production. He also reads a letter from Felice Benuzzi.

    USA / 45 min

    No picnic at Mount Kenya

    Norman Felton

    • 1953
    • USA
    • 45 min
    Episode of the American dramatic television series 'Robert Montgomery Presents'. Based on a true story from World War II, the film tells the story of Felice Benuzzi, one of 10,000 prisoners of war held at the Kenya camp. Benuzzi and two others managed to escape the camp by successfully scaling down the 17,000-foot high Mt. Kenya. At the beginnig of the show, Robert Montgomery salutes director Norman Felton and congratulates him for pulling off such a technically challenging production. He also reads a letter from Felice Benuzzi.

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  • Drama / Mountain Drama

    La grande crevasse

    La grande crevasse

    Gérard Herzog (1966)

    Adaptation for the television of the novel by Roger Frison-Roche 'La grande crevasse'. The story is in the same context as 'Premier de cordee' but is not centered on the same characters. It tells the love story of Zian, a mountain guide, and Brigitte, a Parisian bourgeois. Their love is thwarted by the cultural difference between the two as well as by the cold welcome that is reserved for Brigitte, the stranger in this mountain environment. In the end, Brigitte understands that she is really in love with Zian who dies after a fall in a crevasse, during a hunting trip in the mountains.

    France / 80 min

    La grande crevasse

    Gérard Herzog

    • 1966
    • France
    • 80 min
    Adaptation for the television of the novel by Roger Frison-Roche 'La grande crevasse'. The story is in the same context as 'Premier de cordee' but is not centered on the same characters. It tells the love story of Zian, a mountain guide, and Brigitte, a Parisian bourgeois. Their love is thwarted by the cultural difference between the two as well as by the cold welcome that is reserved for Brigitte, the stranger in this mountain environment. In the end, Brigitte understands that she is really in love with Zian who dies after a fall in a crevasse, during a hunting trip in the mountains.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Eberesuto dai kakko

    Eberesuto dai kakko

    Isao Zeniya (1971)

    Original documentary of the 1970 Japanese expedition which set out for Mount Everest with the purpose of having ace skier Yuichiro Miura ski down an upper stretch of the mountain. Miura skied 6,600 feet (2000 m) in 2 minutes and 20 seconds and fell 1320 feet down the steep Lhotse face from the Yellow Band just below the South Col. He used a large parachute to slow his descent. He came to a full stop just 250 ft. from the edge of the crevasse. The footage of the film was later used by the Canadian film maker Budge Crawley to produce a different documentary titled The man who skied down Everest (winner of an Academy Award).

    Japan / 119 min

    Eberesuto dai kakko

    Isao Zeniya

    • 1971
    • Japan
    • 119 min
    Original documentary of the 1970 Japanese expedition which set out for Mount Everest with the purpose of having ace skier Yuichiro Miura ski down an upper stretch of the mountain. Miura skied 6,600 feet (2000 m) in 2 minutes and 20 seconds and fell 1320 feet down the steep Lhotse face from the Yellow Band just below the South Col. He used a large parachute to slow his descent. He came to a full stop just 250 ft. from the edge of the crevasse. The footage of the film was later used by the Canadian film maker Budge Crawley to produce a different documentary titled The man who skied down Everest (winner of an Academy Award).

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  • Drama / Mountain Drama

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    Gaspard de la Meije

    Bernard Choquet (1983)

    In the 19th century, a poor farmer, the hunter Pierre Gaspard, use his knowledge of the mountain to guide the first mountaineers to discover the Oisans. Very quickly, the highest point of the massif, La Meije becomes the peak to reach. Gaspard will have the honor of being the first. With Boileau de Castelnau, an aristocratic passionate by the mountain, and after several attempts, he reached the top in August 1877.

    France / 105 min

    Gaspard de la Meije

    Bernard Choquet

    • 1983
    • France
    • 105 min
    In the 19th century, a poor farmer, the hunter Pierre Gaspard, use his knowledge of the mountain to guide the first mountaineers to discover the Oisans. Very quickly, the highest point of the massif, La Meije becomes the peak to reach. Gaspard will have the honor of being the first. With Boileau de Castelnau, an aristocratic passionate by the mountain, and after several attempts, he reached the top in August 1877.

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  • Drama / Mountain Drama

    La croix du Cervin

    La croix du Cervin

    Jacques Béranger (1922)

    Jean-Joseph Ginetta, famous mountain guide, accompanies the Englishman Wattson, whom he has known for some time, to the Breithorn. In the ascent, the tourist dies, and both are suspended in the void. Jean-Joseph can not move the corpse either up or down, or free himself from the rope. Finally he cuts the rope, as it is the only way to escape. Accused of the death of the tourist, he is separated from the company of guides, and this forces him to survive as a smuggler, even though his daughter is courted by an Italian customs officer.

    Switzerland / 84 min

    La croix du Cervin

    Jacques Béranger, Marcel Grosnier

    • 1922
    • Switzerland
    • 84 min
    Jean-Joseph Ginetta, famous mountain guide, accompanies the Englishman Wattson, whom he has known for some time, to the Breithorn. In the ascent, the tourist dies, and both are suspended in the void. Jean-Joseph can not move the corpse either up or down, or free himself from the rope. Finally he cuts the rope, as it is the only way to escape. Accused of the death of the tourist, he is separated from the company of guides, and this forces him to survive as a smuggler, even though his daughter is courted by an Italian customs officer.

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  • Drama / Mountain Drama

    Der König vom MontBlanc DVD

    Der König vom MontBlanc

    Arnold Fanck (1934)

    The legend says that the summit of Mont Blanc is covered in gold. This ancestral belief has obsessed Jacques Balmat, a mountain guide, from his childhood. Now only he believes in the legend, and is the laughingstock of the villagers. Determined to prove that he is right, he takes advantage of the interest of the Swiss naturalist and physicist Horace Benedict de Saussure, who promises a reward of a thousand pieces of gold for the first who reaches the summit. The determination of Jacques Balmat will overcome the numerous obstacles that will arise during the ascent. There is a French version of the film (Reve Eternel), co-signed by Henri Chomette, in which the second-tier actors are different.

    Germany / 80 min

    Der König vom MontBlanc

    Arnold Fanck, Henri Chomette

    • 1934
    • Germany
    • 80 min
    The legend says that the summit of Mont Blanc is covered in gold. This ancestral belief has obsessed Jacques Balmat, a mountain guide, from his childhood. Now only he believes in the legend, and is the laughingstock of the villagers. Determined to prove that he is right, he takes advantage of the interest of the Swiss naturalist and physicist Horace Benedict de Saussure, who promises a reward of a thousand pieces of gold for the first who reaches the summit. The determination of Jacques Balmat will overcome the numerous obstacles that will arise during the ascent. There is a French version of the film (Reve Eternel), co-signed by Henri Chomette, in which the second-tier actors are different.

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  • Drama / Adventure

    Gaku Vod

    Gaku

    Osamu Katayama (2011)

    Based on Shinichi Ishizuka’s ongoing manga serial 'Gaku: Minna no Yama', the film stars Shun Oguri as an experienced mountain climber and rescue team volunteer named Sanpo Shimazaki. Sanpo loves the mountains and wants as many people as possible to experience everything they have to offer—so much so that he never holds a grudge against anyone for causing an accident due to their own negligence. Even if a fellow rescuer dies, he’s the kind of man who can look toward the corpse and say 'You did your best'.

    Japan / 126 min

    Gaku

    Osamu Katayama

    • 2011
    • Japan
    • 126 min
    Based on Shinichi Ishizuka’s ongoing manga serial 'Gaku: Minna no Yama', the film stars Shun Oguri as an experienced mountain climber and rescue team volunteer named Sanpo Shimazaki. Sanpo loves the mountains and wants as many people as possible to experience everything they have to offer—so much so that he never holds a grudge against anyone for causing an accident due to their own negligence. Even if a fellow rescuer dies, he’s the kind of man who can look toward the corpse and say 'You did your best'.

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  • Drama / Thriller

    Tsuma wa kokuhaku suru DVD

    Tsuma wa kokuhaku suru

    Yasuzo Masumura (1961)

    A young woman on a mountaineering holiday is accused of murdering her husband. Tied to a mountain between her brutalising spouse and her secret lover, disaster strikes. To prevent all three from plunging to their deaths, the woman is forced to choose between cutting her husband's rope or that of her lover.

    Japan / 91 min

    Tsuma wa kokuhaku suru

    Yasuzo Masumura

    • 1961
    • Japan
    • 91 min
    A young woman on a mountaineering holiday is accused of murdering her husband. Tied to a mountain between her brutalising spouse and her secret lover, disaster strikes. To prevent all three from plunging to their deaths, the woman is forced to choose between cutting her husband's rope or that of her lover.

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  • Drama / Mountain Drama

    Der verlorene Sohn Vod

    Der verlorene Sohn

    Luis Trenker (1934)

    Luis Trenker plays a Bavarian wishing to flee the constrictive and provincial life of his Bavarian mountain village. He ends up fleeing to New York in the middle of the Great Depression and discovers city life to be brutal and inhuman. The contrast between the Alps and the big city is shown in the film's impressive scenes; especially those of the skyscrapers of Manhattan, which are filmed as if they were mountains of a different kind. The film ends as a paean to the village community. The disillusioned émigré returns to his mountain village during a solstice festival and finds his way back to the woman he left behind.

    Germany, USA / 102 min

    Der verlorene Sohn

    Luis Trenker

    • 1934
    • Germany, USA
    • 102 min
    Luis Trenker plays a Bavarian wishing to flee the constrictive and provincial life of his Bavarian mountain village. He ends up fleeing to New York in the middle of the Great Depression and discovers city life to be brutal and inhuman. The contrast between the Alps and the big city is shown in the film's impressive scenes; especially those of the skyscrapers of Manhattan, which are filmed as if they were mountains of a different kind. The film ends as a paean to the village community. The disillusioned émigré returns to his mountain village during a solstice festival and finds his way back to the woman he left behind.

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  • Drama / Mountain Drama

    Premier de cordée Vod

    Premier de cordée

    Louis Daquin (1944)

    Joseph Serettaz, a reputed guide from Chamonix, in the French Alps, is killed at the end of the 1930's during a climbing expedition with a rich industrialist from Milan. The latter is unhurt, although in a state of shock. When Zian Servettaz sets off to find his father’s body, destiny again takes a hand and he too is the victim of a fall, in which he fractures his cranium. The industrialist’s daughter Bianca would like to express her gratitude to the Servettaz family, but Zian rebuffs her kindness. Adaptation of the novel by Roger Frison-Roche.

    France / 106 min

    Premier de cordée

    Louis Daquin

    • 1944
    • France
    • 106 min
    Joseph Serettaz, a reputed guide from Chamonix, in the French Alps, is killed at the end of the 1930's during a climbing expedition with a rich industrialist from Milan. The latter is unhurt, although in a state of shock. When Zian Servettaz sets off to find his father’s body, destiny again takes a hand and he too is the victim of a fall, in which he fractures his cranium. The industrialist’s daughter Bianca would like to express her gratitude to the Servettaz family, but Zian rebuffs her kindness. Adaptation of the novel by Roger Frison-Roche.

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  • Drama / Mountain Drama

    Von der Liebe besiegt DVD

    Von der Liebe besiegt

    Luis Trenker (1956)

    Mario Claris is the successful co-owner of an engineering firm in Zurich. That makes it even harder for the reliable man to hear, that a bridge designed by him collapsed and took 43 men to their deaths. Mario’s feeling of guilt is so strong, that he decides to commit suicide in the mountains. A shepherd thwarts his plans, however. And through the love of Angela, the daughter of a country doctor caring for him, he finds his way back to life.

    Germany / 93 min

    Von der Liebe besiegt

    Luis Trenker

    • 1956
    • Germany
    • 93 min
    Mario Claris is the successful co-owner of an engineering firm in Zurich. That makes it even harder for the reliable man to hear, that a bridge designed by him collapsed and took 43 men to their deaths. Mario’s feeling of guilt is so strong, that he decides to commit suicide in the mountains. A shepherd thwarts his plans, however. And through the love of Angela, the daughter of a country doctor caring for him, he finds his way back to life.

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