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North Face (2008)

Nordwand (original title)
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Based on a true story, North Face is a suspenseful adventure film about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. Set in 1936, as Nazi propaganda urges the nation's ... See full summary »

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Luise Fellner
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Andi Hinterstoisser
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Henry Arau
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Emil Landauer
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Albert von Allmen
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Elisabeth Landauer
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Hans Schlunegger (as Hanspeter Müller-Drossart)
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Adolf Rubi
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Christian Rubi
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Grossmutter Kurz
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Based on a true story, North Face is a suspenseful adventure film about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. Set in 1936, as Nazi propaganda urges the nation's Alpinists to conquer the unclimbed north face of the Swiss massif - the Eiger - two reluctant German climbers begin their daring ascent. Written by Irishlass240 (smmorr240@al.com)

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$23,050 (USA) (29 January 2010)

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$710,993 (USA) (11 June 2010)
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As Luise Fellner and her boss, Herr Arau, arrive at the Eiger, the local guides are standing in front of the hotel advertising their services to the tourists. One of the guides notices a pair of climbers in the crowd. "Look who's coming," he says, "Bartolo Sandri and Mario Menti." A fellow guide mutters: "Another couple of fools. Come in a train and leave in a coffin." These two Italian climbers fell to their deaths from the north face June 21, 1938. See more »

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In the opening scene one of the entries in Toni Kurz's Tourenbuch includes a blue stamp from the Neue Traunsteiner Hütte. The entry is from 1936 but this hut was built in 1938. See more »

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Luise Fellner: [voiceover] When you're at the bottom - Toni once told me - at the foot of the wall, and you look up, you ask yourself: How can anyone climb that? Why would anyone even want to? But hours later when you're at the top looking down, you've forgotten everything. Except the one person you promised you would come back to.
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Written and Composed by Ulrich Tukur
Performed by Ulrich Tukur
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Gripping,Powerful Drama About Facing The Ogre
28 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Nordwand',or as it is being distributed in North America as 'North Face' is a story,based on the true account of two German mountain climbers,Toni Kurz & Andreas Hinterstoisser,who in 1936 attempted to climb one of Germany's most notorious mountains,The Eiger. With the Olympics just looming a few months ahead,Adolf Hitler wanted as many young,healthy German men to take part in the Olympics,and had an eye for mountain climbing as a Olympic sport. Kurz & Hinterstoisseer,although minor players in the Nazi SS military,had little regard for Der Fuhrer,and just wanted to climb the Eiger just to have had the honour of taking it. They find themselves,however competing against French,Italian & Austrian climbers. Things get interesting when one of Toni's old friends,Luise Fellner,who is working for a newspaper in Berlin,who ends up as a photographer on the story of the two hapless climbers. What transpires from here on is one of the most tense,nearly two hours of nail biting one can experience in a film. Philipp Stolzl,known for his work in music videos,directs from a screenplay written by Stolzl & Christoph Sillber. The film's exquisite photography is by Kolja Brandt,with tight editing by Sven Budelmann. The top notch cast is made up of Benno Furmann as Toni Kurz,Florian Lukas as Andreas Hinterstoisser,with Johannah Wokalek as Toni's gal pal,Luise Fellner,and the ever so busy Ulrich Tukur (currently seen in 'The White Ribbon'),as Luise's boss,Henry Arau. The rest of the film's cast turn in bravura roles,as well. What I really appreciated about this film,besides the "viewing most of the film from the edge of your seat" aspect is how Philipp Stolzl doesn't try to turn Luise & Henry's working relationship into a pre text for a May/November romance (but then again,this is NOT an American film,which would have easily had exploited the possibility of doing so). I also respected the film's more realistic outcome (although I'm not saying what). If you're up for a well written,directed,photographed,edited & acted drama that will have you tense for two,plus hours,you can't do better than 'Nordwand'/'North Face' Spoken in German,French & Italian with English subtitles. Not rated by the MPAA,this film has occasional out bursts of rude language,a few bloody accidents during the climb that look out right painful to watch & some tense moments that are at times unbearable.


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