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The White Hell of Pitz Palü, Part 2

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“It was only a narrow crevasse in the Palü Glacier,” Johannes Krafft says, “but it reached far down into the darkness.” In a flashback, we see Maria Krafft at the bottom of the crevasse. Is she unconscious, or dead? “There — an urgent cry for help came out from the icy depths — Maria was still alive!” We see Krafft peer over edge, but he can see nothing. He ties his rope to his pick, sticks it deep in the snow, and climbs down into the crevasse. Read more …

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The White Hell of Pitz Palü, Part 1

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1. Introduction

The White Hell of Piz Palü (Die weisse Hölle vom Piz Palü, 1929) is considered by many to be the finest of Arnold Fanck’s mountain films. As pure cinema, this may well be the case. Though the film does not have quite the philosophical richness of Fanck’s The Holy Mountain, there is definitely more here than meets the eye. Read more …

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The Holy Mountain, Part 2

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4. “Diotima’s journey into the mountains”

Due to the film’s many delays and mishaps, UFA called Arnold Fanck back to Berlin at a certain point and informed him that The Holy Mountain was canceled. Read more …

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The Holy Mountain, Part 1

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1. Introduction: “A Lofty Humanity and Eternal Blondeness”

The Holy Mountain (Der Heilige Berg, 1926) is the greatest of the German “mountain films” and the prototype for all the rest. Read more …

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