Did the handsome skier really steal his rival's ski wax?
In this German "Heimatfilm", Toni Sailer, who won three golds in downhill skiing for Austria in the 1956 winter olympics, plays a skier who is falsely accused - (or is he?) - of stealing his rival's wax and causing his rival's training injuries by moving one of the gates on the downhill race course.
I saw this on TV in Germany and it is my favorite movie of the Heimat genre
mostly because of the Alpine views and magnificent ski scenes in
garishly beautiful late-50s color. It is the best movie ever made that features a skier bombing down the mountain while playing the accordion.
I frankly don't remember much more about the plot, except that the rival is a well-married local who has returned to win the big ski race, there is a girl, an orphan and a mountain rescue - in other words, all the requisite elements of a great heimatfilm. If you like skiing, gripping drama and good clean Tyrolian fun, this movie's for you.
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