North Face

North Face

DVD - 2010 | German
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An adventure drama, based on a true story, about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps, the north face of the Eiger. Set in 1936, Nazi propaganda urges German alpinists to conquer the mountain, and two reluctant young climbers, Toni and Andi, attempt a daring ascent, closely followed by two Austrian climbers. All goes well at first, but then the climbers lose their advantage over the mountain and the race against time and forces of nature begins.
Publisher: Chicago, IL : Music Box Films, [2010]
Branch Call Number: DVD German North
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Nordwand


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May 25, 2020

As a person with moderate fear of heights, I find this film to be terrifying. By the end, I broke into a clammy-cold sweat due to fear-overload. I have climbed mountains before, but not this hanging in the air vertical stuff. It's insanity. This film is terrifying. If you have a heart condition, I don't recommend it. But I give it 5 stars, because it is also amazing.

May 16, 2020


Jul 08, 2018

I did not realize this was a German language movie.

May 16, 2017

This German production, with sub-titles, is a gut-wrenching, intense story, based on a true climbing event, and is the best of many climbing movies I have seen.

Jan 30, 2017

If you like watching a movie with "good" Nazis "heros" on snow covered mountians that's all there is in this movie (mostly just a mountain).

Jan 23, 2016

This is a 2008 German historical mountaineering drama directed by Philipp Stölzl, based on a famous 1936 attempt to climb the Eiger north face.
The film focuses on two German climbers and a woman who used to climb the mountains when they were all kids.
It is a gripping, emotionally engaging and edge-of-your-seat mauntain-clibming adventure, in which Toni Kurz and Andi Hinterstoisser challenge the North Face nobody has ever clibmed before.
Their childhood friend Luise now works in Berlin as an aspiring photojournalist.
Luise and her Nazi-loyal boss look for a good story.
Soon both men start climbing.
What begins as a quest for glory, however, becomes a desperate fight for survival.
As the film reveals the harsh conditions of the Eiger, you would definitely get involved emotionally in their breath-taking and mind-boggling struggle to survive.
It is one of the best mountain-climbing movies ever made.

xaipe Sep 17, 2015

This movie is both literally and figuratively a genuine cliffhanger. The climb up the Eiger's North Face or Murder Wall as it was known because of the number of fatalities there is the setting. North Face is the real-life story of a team of climbers determined to reach its peak. The climb is up the nearly vertical Eiger's 5,900 ft. north face wall which was then unconquered in July, 1936. The story is set against the growing Nazi movement in Germany and victory would have been a welcome addition to the imminent and infamous 1936 Olympics in Berlin as a perfectly timed propaganda coup. The action takes a while to get started, but once it does it the tension never lets up. The actors are perfectly convincing as the doomed yet determined climbers and the climbing sequences are an impressive mix of real and CG footage. It's a harrowing film to watch, with non-stop action and is scarily involving. The extras include cast interviews and a too short bit about how the effects were achieved. German with subtitles.

Jun 18, 2015

Incredible visuals ( albeit green screen city if you watch the extras you will be amazed at how this is done).
Great story, very good acting, and well worth the time spent to watch.

May 18, 2015

I didn't realize how Germans were affected by Hitler in this way. This story is so intense and sad and the actors all were amazing!

Dec 19, 2014

This film recreates the 1936 attempt to summit the Eiger via the North Face by Andreas Hinterstoisser and Toni Kurz. Spoiler alert, it ends in tragedy. I'm not sure of the attention to detail, but by today's standards, the equipment is absolutely ancient. Anecdotal accounts of the tragedy include a painstaking rescue attempt that can only be presented in mere minutes on film whereas in reality it was an ugly extended period of hours and slow death for Kurz. The film provides a great contrast between the relative luxury of the valley floor hotel amenities; so close, yet so far from the drama on the face, in full view of visitors & media. These early attempts were scheduled to take days; fast forward to 2008: Ueli Steck destroyed the face in 2 hours, 47 minutes! Steck's record was further shattered by Dani Arnold in 2011, climbing it in 2 hours, 28 minutes! One might argue that the longer you stay on the face, the greater the risk of death; therefore, Steck & Arnold are just choosing better odds by racing up the face. Those early climbers essentially "broke trail" so to speak, but they would be amazed at the equipment & speed of these recent alpinists.

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