My list of foreign world cinema,from the art house to the extreme.
North Face tells the story of two German climbers Toni Kurz and Andreas Hinterstoisser and their attempt to scale the deadly North Face of the Eiger.
An excellent mountaineering film with an interesting plot and brilliant acting....except for the last 20 minutes where everything becomes quite cheesy. It is meant to be based on a true story but they could have handled the final part a little more subtly.
A surprisingly pretty good film.
Set in 1936, adventure and drama on the Alps as Germany's Toni Kurz and Andi Hinterstoisser attempt to become the first climbers to conquer the Eiger.
A tense, gripping, suspenseful edge of your seat affair that captures brilliantly the formidable nature of the beast they call the Eiger.
As you would expect the cinematography and scenery are outstanding.
I don't really get all the love for this flick. It took an hour for them to actually start climbing, and then that was only occasionally harrowing. The acting was decent (aside from some questionable direction) and there were some interesting elements of class division and Nazism that were ever-so-slightly touched upon, but none of those things kept this movie from being kind of boring.
And the score ... holy balls it was bad. Using the hammering of pitons as percussion? That's not clever. Don't do that.
Powerfull and strong true story
North Face (German: Nodwand) German historical film directed by Philipp Stölzl. Starring Benno Fürmann, Florian Lukas, Johanna Wokalek, and Ulrich Tukur. The movie was filmed in Austria and Switzerland - North Face won German Film Award for Best Cinematography for Kolja Brandt (well-deserving award for keeping the lethal tone of the story that is overcome by the chilling photography).
The film is based on true events in Nazi-Germany in 1936 - when two German mountain-climbers from Berchtesgaden embark on expedition to climb dangerous north face of Eiger in Switzerland - a German newspaper editor persuades his young female photographer-cum-tea-maker to subdue her two male childhood friends Toni Kurz (Benno Fürmann) and Andi Hinterstoisser (Florian Lukas) - attempt mountain-climbing for the…
North Face is a film about one of the first attempts to climb the North Face of the Eiger, an Alpine mountain. In the 1930s in Germany, sporting achievements were propaganda tools and mountain climbing was considered a sport. Toni (Benno Fürmann) and Andi (Florian Lukas) are two Bavarian climbers and they get tricked in a race to arrive at the top of the Eiger first by a journalist girl, Luise (Johanna Wokalek). The North Face of the Eiger is considered the hardest slope to climb. It's mostly vertical and the weather is unpredictable. It doesn't help that other nations sent their own teams to climb the mountain and thus a dangerous sport becomes a race as well. I was…
Nothing good or easy ever happens in mountain climbing movies. It's never "climb to the top, look around, climb to the bottom".
This one from Germany is loaded with great visuals from the face of the Eiger, plenty of contrasts between the warm comfy lodge below and the poor sods on the face of the mountain - trying to be the first German team to climb for the glory of the Third Reich. Oddly, other than pre-Olympics propaganda, the Nazi part plays very little into the overall theme of the film.
The actors are excellent and the sense of scale, danger, brutality, and desperation are superb. And, surprisingly historically accurate.
This really got under my skin since my biggest claustrophobic fear is heights. The movie is based on a true story, set in 1936 when two German climbers, Toni Kurz and Andreas Hinterstoisser, are looking to be the first ever to climb the deadly and feared north face of the Eiger.
Like I said, a very claustrophobic film for me, I wonder why anybody want to risk their lives like that and become climbers. The movie looked really good, it had great cinematography, beautiful looking views and it really showed how cruel and lethal the nature can be.
The acting was really good, everybody portrayed their characters very well. I have some complaints about the movie as well, even though…
Wie aufregend, gefährlich und unverzeihbar Natur doch sein kann.
Man fiebert mit.
Ich vermisse die Berge.
"Nordwand" es una cinta extraordinariamente bien hecha sobre un par de alpinistas alemanes con la misión de escalar una montaña en Suiza (esto para demostrar el poder del Reich, previo a los juegos olímpicos). La cinta nos involucra enormemente en la aventura y la desesperación de los obstáculos que encuentran en las alturas.
"Nordwand" nos mantiene al filo de la butaca con secuencias de enorme tensión (en especial durante su último acto). Sin duda es una gran propuesta alemana. Muy recomendable.
Review movie. Great subtle special effects
Boring plot, amazing climbing. The best film on Eiger. Period.
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