This documentary goes on location in the Austrian Alps for the filming of the movie Where Eagles Dare (1968) starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. Nazi era Austria during WWII is recreated which evokes strong emotion among the current residents, many of whom are extras in the movie. It is a difficult shoot - almost considered impossible - if only because of the harsh winter weather and the rugged terrain of the Alps. Planning the scenes are important because often only one take is possible. To some of the filmmakers, it almost feels like they are war planning. The movie itself has special meaning for one of its stars, German Ingrid Pitt, since she is a recent escapee of East Germany. Written by
Rugged conditions at location site for "Where Eagles Dare"...
An inaccessible, awesome setting in the Austrian Alps made it difficult for the cast and crew of WHERE EAGLES DARE, according to this promotional short for the espionage thriller starring RICHARD BURTON and CLINT EASTWOOD. Not only was it a hardship for the crew hampered by tons of heavy camera equipment, but actress MARY URE, because of an avalanche that cut off a main road, had to get to the location site in a three hour trip for ten minutes of filming.
For the Austrian villagers, there were memories of Nazi tyranny at the sight of all the swastikas and military equipment and uniforms that were a painful reminder of WWII. Many of the locals worked in the film as extras. For CLINT EASTWOOD, he had to get used to the idea of wearing a military uniform rather than his usual cowboy outfit.
Closing scenes of the short show the technicians loading black powder and other ingredients for the powerful explosives that were featured in the final scenes, all of which would have to go off on cue.
Interesting but brief behind-the-scenes look at all the preparations that go into making a film.
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