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The Last Great Climb

Postby Diego Sahagún » Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:14 pm

Have you watched The Last Great Climb :?: They are going to show it here and I don't know if going to the cinema. How is the movie :?:

http://player.vimeo.com/video/86704813? ... autoplay=1
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Re: The Last Great Climb

Postby Diego Sahagún » Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:17 pm

Well :?:
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Re: The Last Great Climb

Postby phydeux » Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:24 am

I've never seen anything about this movie until your post, and I live in the Los Angeles area where there are a few theater chains that would give this limited-audience movie a showing for a few weeks (at least). The video you posted (and other links on the internet) are all focused on a European audience. The links DO show its available for purchase as a DVD, but we use a different DVD system here in the USA (at least I believe we still do), so I'm not sure we can even purchase it. :(
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Re: The Last Great Climb

Postby WillP » Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:02 am

I saw it (or maybe an abridged version) at the local screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival a few weeks ago. It was pretty much the main film I wanted to see, and one of the main reasons for shelling out $35. It sounded great, Leo Houlding has done so much and come so far, Sean Leary was such a cool guy, and it really looked like an amazing expedition.

Maybe it was, but the film was pretty dissapointing. I appreciate that filming in such conditions must have been extremely difficult, but it was very, very short, with very little drama or real human emotion. The scenes that tried to display true English grit coming through and powering through cruxes, bad weather, heinous run-outs, etc. were often shot in such a way that anyone who climbs knows the outcome (ie - shooting from above).

The real, lasting message from the film? Sponsored by Berghaus. Seriously, the product placement and logo displays are way over the top, but that's a criticism that pertains to many of the Banff films this year (did you know Pamela Pack is sponsored by Patagonia? And Red Bull sponsors some German mountain bikers?).

So if it's part of the Banff Film Festival, don't not go because of this film, because there are a couple of awesome ones there - Elizabeth Hawley, 'North of the Sun'.

Interested in what others thought of the film.
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Re: The Last Great Climb

Postby Diego Sahagún » Tue Jul 08, 2014 5:22 pm

Hi Will,

I won't go to wach knowing that it's not good as you've said. Neither big wall is the thing that I like the most in this sport...

Thanks so much
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Re: The Last Great Climb

Postby phydeux » Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:12 am

If you're interested: Here's a link to a National Geographic program about the Queen Maud Land area that was shown on United States television last year. If you want to watch the whole program you have to sign up for a one year subscription that costs $15 USA (not sure about Euro or Aussie $ payments). I thought it was well done. At $15 for a one year subscription to their monthly e-magazine and videos, this is a [u]FAR[/u] better value than the $30+ for a single viewing of "The Last Great Climb" .


http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/ ... bing-video
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