Captivating Cinematography Atop Deadly Mountains
It is the summer of 1936 and Nazi Germany is preparing to host the Olympic games. Two
men set out to climb the treacherous north face of the Eiger, a 13,000-foot mountain in the
Bernese Alps. This film, based on the true story, documents their ascent up the mountain
and the epic battle between man and unrelenting nature. This film is a re-examination
of the mountaineering genre, which has been forever tainted by the propagandist Nazis.
Phillip Stolzi’s film captures the staggering landscapes with an austere reverence, showing
the overwhelming beauty and simultaneous destruction inherent in nature.
Thu & Fri February 18 & 19, 2010, 7:00 & 9:30, Muenzinger Auditorium
Germany | Austria | Switzerland, 2008, in German | Swiss German | French | Italian, Color, 126 min, 2.35 : 1 more • official site