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

Credited cast:
Gustav Diessl ... Dr. Johannes Krafft
Leni Riefenstahl ... Maria Maioni
Ernst Petersen Ernst Petersen ... Hans Brandt
Ernst Udet Ernst Udet ... Flieger Udet (as Flieger Ernst Udet)
Otto Spring Otto Spring ... Christian Klucker (as Bergführer Spring)
Mizzi Götzel Mizzi Götzel ... Maria Krafft
Kurt Gerron ... Mann im Salon (guest at night club)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles McNamee Charles McNamee ... Narrator in USA sound version (voice)
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Storyline

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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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1 June 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

White Hell of Pitz Palu See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV) | (1935 sound verson)

Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Director Arnold Fanke took the film to Universal Pictures but they felt that the script was too thin and turned it down, so Fanke financed the production himself. See more »

Goofs

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

Alternate Versions

The movie was 1935 re-released in a cut (about 90 minutes) version with an added soundtrack. See more »

Connections

Edited into The Mole People (1956) See more »

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The first important bergsteiger movie
29 May 2016 | by sebastian_wmSee all my reviews

Watching the movie in 2016 and being a mountaineer myself, I am in awe at the shots they did with the very limited tech they had back in 1929, both in climbing and in filming. Daring to say the least (and that extends to the flying scenes by Udet). I would love to see a Making-Of of this movie but that is obviously not going to happen.

Leni Riefenstahl is at her best as an actor and Gustav Diessl delivers a very convincing performance, lest not forget the actor that plays the mountain guide.

I would suggest this movie to everyone who climbs in the Alps, just for the climbing part (the middle 40 mins of the movie).


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