A promising climbing movie: North Face

It can be easy to get climbing and other outdoor movies wrong, but here's one that looks quite promising, based on a true story about the competition to be the first to climb the Eiger's North Face.

The Synopsis: North Face is a gripping adventure drama about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. In July of 1936 - less than a year after the most recent and fatal attempt, two top German mountaineers, Toni Kurz (Benno Fürmann) and Andi Hinterstoisser (Florian Lukas), take up the challenge to become the first to scale the infamous rock face, the so-called Murder Wall.

North Face opens in U.S. theaters on January 29, 2010. It was released as Nordwand in Germany in 2008. www.northfacethemovie.com

via The Goat


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December 24, 2009 at 8:03 a.m. (EST)

From the trailer, this looks like it might be a great movie. My only concern is that people watching it who are not climbers will not know the historical context and will think that climbers rely exclusively on pitons. I would hate to see the clean climbing movement set back by this film.

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December 24, 2009 at 9:42 a.m. (EST)

I have a hard time imagining anybody dashing down to REI and buying up all the pitons because they'd just seen them used in a movie, though I have suffered failures of imagination in the past.

Rope climbing has significant barriers to entry - expense of gear, necessity of having a partner, fatal risk of trying to learn without an instructor. I guess somebody could be that stupid, but I can't believe there'd be enough such morons to threaten the clean climbing movement.

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December 24, 2009 at 2:14 p.m. (EST)

As I mentioned on Facebook, the film should have been made in black and white. Since so many still photos from that era were in black and white I envision the world during that time in black and white. I have the same reaction to WWI and WWII films.

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