A promising climbing movie: North Face

12:01 a.m. on December 24, 2009 (EST)
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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 re...

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

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

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