Exemplary adventure with the charismatic duo of Riefenstahl and Diesl providing expressive and understated performances. With riveting cinematography and low-angle/high-angle/medium and long shots of the deadly crevaces, the glaciers and the icy stalactites this plays up the tropes of German Romanticism, yet primarily it's adventure of the first order. The rescue team's torches in the crevices is a brilliant scene!
Probably the greatest of the Bergfilme. Fanck classic. If you're a cinephile and into silents, or action, or simply snow & mountaineering, then this is a must-see. No excuses: it's easy to obtain.* People put their lives on the line for films like this to be made. // Ashley Irwin's 1998 orch. score: brilliant. // Gustav Diessl, too. // As of 05 Sep. 2015, this had a mere 48 ratings on Mubi. Incredible.
what a fucking amazing movie, i guess you couldn't ask for more when you get pabst, franck and riefenstahl together. They capture some fantastic footage deep into the snow, love the ending scene where Riefenstahl smiles for the camera. 3 great directors in a single movie.