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White Hell of Pitz Palu (1929)

Die weiße Hölle vom Piz Palü (original title)
A man climbs a 12,000-foot mountain to search for his wife, who was lost on their honeymoon. Another couple makes the dangerous climb with him.

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Dr. Johannes Krafft
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Maria Maioni
Ernst Petersen ...
Hans Brandt
Ernst Udet ...
Flieger Udet (as Flieger Ernst Udet)
Otto Spring ...
Christian Klucker (as Bergführer Spring)
Mizzi Götzel ...
Maria Krafft
Kurt Gerron ...
Mann im Salon (guest at night club)
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A man climbs a 12,000-foot mountain to search for his wife, who was lost on their honeymoon. Another couple makes the dangerous climb with him.

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| (TV) | (1935 sound verson)

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One of the avalanches seen in the film was real and was captured on camera on the spot. It was a threat to cast and crew as well, nearly burying them alive. See more »

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At around 53-54 minutes Dr. Johannes Krafft's ice axe appears and disappears between shots. See more »

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The White Hell of Piz Palü
19 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This 1928 movie is filmed entirely in black and white with minimal German dialogue. The White Hell of Piz Palü opens with the male protagonist, Dr. Johannes Krafft, who mountain climbs with his wife on their honeymoon. At the sight of an avalanche, he laughs arrogantly. Nature seems to retaliate, and moments later Dr. Krafft's wife slips, plummeting down a small, deep crevice. The encounter with forces of nature initiates Dr. Krafft's grief-driven search effort to rescue his wife.

Dr. Krafft is later joined by another couple, Maria Maoni and Hans Brandt. Collectively, they embark on an epic journey to conquer nature's untamed forces. Replete with majestic scenes of snowy mountains, blowing clouds and untainted lands, this film is the perfect example of a Bergfilm. The film takes place in the Dolomites, a section of the Italian Alps. Arnold Fanck, the director, is also the father of the Bergfilm and provides a genuine representation of the German mountain film. Nature functions as its own character, exerting its powerful forces upon the mountain climbers.

The landscape scenes and vast openness present in this film contribute to its aesthetic representation of the mountains. The plot is simplistic and the lack of actual conversation compels the viewer to focus his/her attention on nature as a driving force. Even though there is no color, the white, snowy mountainous setting speaks volumes and invites the viewer to see the innocence of white as a darker shade of hell.


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