The White Spider is one of the classic books in mountaineering and helped jumpstart my mountaineering/climbing clear as a 12 year old. 25 years later and it still hold a prominent place on my bookshelf. I mention that because North Face tells part of that story. It's use of sets and location really work well, as does it's demonstration of a lot of the 30s techniques that these pioneers used. What I don't think worked as well was the human…
The score is amazing and the film is gorgeous to look at so already I'm sold. It's far less a narrative film than it is a poetic look at war and the victims not fighting. The war itself is replaced with nature (mist, rivers, birds), folk songs, and documentary footage. The aftermath of these moments are poetic vignettes dealing with various aspects of war. Just a great piece of experimental/poetic cinema.