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Gasherbrum - Der leuchtende Berg (1985)

Werner Herzog follows mountaineers Hans Kammerlander and Reinhold Messner during their expedition into climbing the Gasherbrum mountains, which has some of the most difficult peaks to be ... See full summary »

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Reinhold Messner Reinhold Messner ... Himself
Hans Kammerlander Hans Kammerlander ... Himself
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Werner Herzog follows mountaineers Hans Kammerlander and Reinhold Messner during their expedition into climbing the Gasherbrum mountains, which has some of the most difficult peaks to be conquered, and they'll do it without the use of oxygen tanks. Herzog also takes some time to hear about their past experiences with other mountains, their personal tragedies and the reasons why they are so involved with such activity. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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3 April 1985 (USA) See more »

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The Dark Glow of the Mountains See more »

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Karakoram, Pakistan See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Climb Every Mountain

"The Dark Glow of the Mountains" features the genuinely legendary free-style mountaineer, Reinhold Messner who, along with Hans Kammerlander scaled Gasherbrum I & II - two of the world's most difficult peaks back to back. Reinhold Messner is undoubtedly the greatest mountain climber of all time. He was the first person to climb all 14 of the 8000+ meter peaks (between 1970-1986).

Since the days of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, oxygen tanks had been used in ascents of Everest. Messner was the first climber to break this tradition. In 1978, he and Peter Habeler made the first successful climb without oxygen. Critics claimed that Messner used mini-bottles of oxygen, Messner silenced them when he summited the mountain, without oxygen or support, on the more difficult Northwest route, in 1980 - and during monsoon season, to boot! A feat that will probably never be equalled. During 1989, he and Arved Fuchs were the first men to cross Antarctica without animal or motorised power - purely on skis alone.

He is also the world's greatest author on mountain climbing. His books - especially "The Naked Mountain", "The Big Walls: From the North Face of the Eiger to the South Face of Dhaulagirl" and "Free Spirit: A Climber's Life" are truly amazing, being at once informative, harrowing, deeply emotional and truly inspiring.

Messner was a member of the European Parliament for the Italian Green Party from 1999 to 2004. He is - in my mind, at least - one of the most formidable dudes of all time and I wish that he and his achievements were known by all. "The Dark Glow of the Mountains" is a beautiful jewel of a film that delivers so much more than one would expect and I feel it is one of Herzog's greatest works.

Available on DVD only as part of the Herzog documentary and short film boxed set, from his official website.


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