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Postby Kai » Tue May 04, 2010 2:31 am

I checked out Amazon.com browsed to their climbing and mountaineering movie section.

Probably 90% of the movies have Everest in the title.
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Postby austin944 » Thu May 06, 2010 2:21 pm

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jspeigl wrote:A while back there was this thread about a German movie Nordwand. Has anybody seen it yet in the US?


Nordwand is playing at some of the old revival theaters around Southern California. I saw it last Friday night at the Bayview Theater in Seal Beach. Even with the sub-titles and embellishing history with some cheesy love story, its a great climbing movie. It does a good job of showing how alpine climbing was done in 1936.


I thought that movie was awful! Insipid dialogue, wooden acting, no drama in the film, and too long. There were some OK scenery shots, but the camera never lingered long enough in one spot for me to really enjoy it.
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Postby mvs » Thu May 06, 2010 5:11 pm

austin944 wrote:
RickF wrote:
jspeigl wrote:A while back there was this thread about a German movie Nordwand. Has anybody seen it yet in the US?


Nordwand is playing at some of the old revival theaters around Southern California. I saw it last Friday night at the Bayview Theater in Seal Beach. Even with the sub-titles and embellishing history with some cheesy love story, its a great climbing movie. It does a good job of showing how alpine climbing was done in 1936.


I thought that movie was awful! Insipid dialogue, wooden acting, no drama in the film, and too long. There were some OK scenery shots, but the camera never lingered long enough in one spot for me to really enjoy it.


It should be generally accepted on this thread that we are mountain junkies and won't hold the movie to a high standard, so long as there are scenes of pitons, snow, rock, ropes and grim faces. That's my story anyway. Therefore Nordwand was a "great film." As was K2, and the Eiger Sanction and The Mountain (Spencer Tracey).
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Postby WouterB » Sat May 08, 2010 2:58 pm

Sweet thread! Best thing is that I found most of these movies online. Can't seem to find Higher Ambitions though. Anyone?
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Postby dskoon » Sat May 08, 2010 3:08 pm

Did you find the North face movie online?

I did some searching once and couldn't get it.
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Postby idahomtnhigh » Sun May 09, 2010 1:45 am

One that I like that I haven't seen listed yet is "Third man on the mountain" from Disney.
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Postby Jakester » Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:28 pm

I just watched 180° South last night. I really enjoyed it and it has a great soundtrack. It has more surfing than mountaineering but it captures the spirit of adventure pretty well.
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Postby Buz Groshong » Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:58 pm

dskoon wrote:Did you find the North face movie online?

I did some searching once and couldn't get it.


It must be available somewhere; I rented it from the local video store the other night. It was actually a good movie and the climbing aspects of it appeared to be accurate as well.
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Postby James_W » Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:22 pm

Donal Sutherland in Cerro Torre Scream of Stone

Here are 8 mins of mountain porn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3uCR6U68Jc
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Re: Mountaineering movies

Postby DersuUzala » Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:00 am

Jim and Lou Whittaker's videos are unbelievably still only available on VHS :o
Classic documentaries, you can find them at paladventurevideos.com
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Re: Mountaineering movies

Postby dskoon » Fri Dec 31, 2010 4:29 pm

Dersu! Dersu! :wink:
Great flick!
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Re: Mountaineering movies

Postby NW » Fri Dec 31, 2010 9:52 pm

I actually just watched The Eiger Sanction for the first time last night. I laughed aaaaaalot, oh Cint Eastwood, you and your lady friends, hahaha! How many pats on the butt to sometimes random chicks does one movie need? lmao. But overall not that bad for the 70s.

If you're referring to the German Northface movie about the Eiger and Toni Kurtz and crew it's on Netflix.
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