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White Hell of Pitz Palu (1929)
"Die weiße Hölle vom Piz Palü" (original title)

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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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Credited cast:
Gustav Diessl ...
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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Charles McNamee ...
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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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Two directors were necessary because one, Arnold Fanck was an expert at shooting, while the other G.W. Pabst was an expert at shooting indoor scenes on a set. Pabst was also there to advise Fanck on how to work with a story, due to the fact that Fanck's previous work had been with simple outdoor footage. See more »

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I'd score this higher if it wasn't like so many of Riefenstahl's other films.
11 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

If you don't know the context for this film, it's pretty easy to be impressed by this film because of its technical prowess. After all, it was an amazing commitment to the film makers to trek up[ into the Alps to make this film and the cinematography is great. However, if you've seen Leni Riefenstahl's pre-Hitler sponsored films, you'd know that this is exactly the sort of film she made again and again...and again. While this actress never made that many films (as an actress, she was only in 11 movies), I have seen four in which the film is set in the mountains--with very, very, very similar plots. And, when I checked, I saw that at least three more of her films were show and mountain films!!! And so, when you see them you have a strong feeling of déjà vu--and the films become incredibly boring with their sameness. And, to top it off, once again Ernst Udet is in the film to demonstrate his considerable skills as an aviator (before ultimately becoming the head of Hitler's Luftwaffe).

Because the plot is basically the same at her other films, though STILL a good silent movie, I score this one a 6. It's good but hardly important for the average film goer to see. I got completely bored watching it--but if you haven't seen her other snow and mountain films, you are sure to be impressed.


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