Der Kampf ums Matterhorn

Der Kampf ums Matterhorn PG

Weimar Sundays

Film

Please note: This was screened in Oct 2019

Director:
Mario Bonnard, Nunzio Malasomma
Cast:
Luis Trenker, Marcella Albani, Alexandra Schmitt
Duration:
117 mins, 1928, Germany
Primary language:
German

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. Digitally restored by DCP Filmmuseum München, live piano musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne and introduction by Miranda Gower-Qian, Programme Director, Phoenix Cinema.