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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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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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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 »

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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 »

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I'd score this higher if it wasn't like so many of Riefenstahl's other films.
11 October 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

If you don't know the context for this film, it's pretty easy to be impressed by this film because of its technical prowess. After all, it was an amazing commitment to the film makers to trek up[ into the Alps to make this film and the cinematography is great. However, if you've seen Leni Riefenstahl's pre-Hitler sponsored films, you'd know that this is exactly the sort of film she made again and again...and again. While this actress never made that many films (as an actress, she was only in 11 movies), I have seen four in which the film is set in the mountains--with very, very, very similar plots. And, when I checked, I saw that at least three more of her films were show and mountain films!!! And so, when you see them you have a strong feeling of déjà vu--and the films become incredibly boring with their sameness. And, to top it off, once again Ernst Udet is in the film to demonstrate his considerable skills as an aviator (before ultimately becoming the head of Hitler's Luftwaffe).

Because the plot is basically the same at her other films, though STILL a good silent movie, I score this one a 6. It's good but hardly important for the average film goer to see. I got completely bored watching it--but if you haven't seen her other snow and mountain films, you are sure to be impressed.


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