An Alpine thriller combining depictions of historical events with a jealousy sub–plot about an English climber and his mountain guide wanting to be the first to climb the Matterhorn.
Out of the studio and into the wild: Der Kampf ums Matterhorn is a thriller based on the true story of English climber Edward Whymper who vies with Jean- Antoine Carrel, an Italian mountain guide, to conquer the last peak in the Alps still left unconquered.
Tyrolean athlete Luis Trenker, later a leading director, cuts a dash as the mean and moody Italian, whilst the breath-taking camerawork showcases extensive sequences of great realism and naturalism, with striking compositions of the Alps that create nail-biting suspense.
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Digitally restored by DCP Filmmuseum München and with live piano musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne.