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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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(as Dr. Arnold Fanck), (as G.W. Pabst)
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Cast

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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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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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1 June 1930 (USA)  »

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| (TV) | (1935 sound verson)

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| (Tobis-Klangfilm) (sound version: 1935)

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1.33 : 1
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During shooting in sub-zero temperatures, Leni Riefenstahl developed severe frostbite and a bladder infection that would plague her for the rest of her life. See more »

Goofs

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

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Beautiful but dangerous mountains
25 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

A beautiful frozen mountain landscape is the setting for some of the most spectacular film shots of the era which have not been surpassed even with todays technology - the use of shadow and light is excellent. The story is simple and believable of a young couple climbing in the mountains, she gets killed and he, unconsolable, wanders the mountains for years without her. Many years later another couple come to the same mountains, meet him and agree to climb with him as their guide. Disaster strikes yet again. The filming of the mountain rescue team and the local villagers is very well done. The fear of the families is clearly shown as they wait while their fathers, sons and brothers are risking their lives on the mountain and the psychological effects on the injured climbers as they battle with the elements is more than realistic. Excellent!


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