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Nanga Parbat 1953 (1953)

Film about the first ascent of the Nanga Parbat by Hermann Buhl in 1953.


Hans Ertl


Hans Ertl
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Cast overview:
Dr. Karl Maria Herrligkoffer Dr. Karl Maria Herrligkoffer ... Self
Peter Aschenbrenner Peter Aschenbrenner ... Self
Dr. Walter Frauenberger Dr. Walter Frauenberger ... Self
Fritz Aumann Fritz Aumann ... Self
Albert Bitterling Albert Bitterling ... Self
Kuno Rainer Kuno Rainer ... Self
Hermann Buhl Hermann Buhl ... Self
Otto Kempfer Otto Kempfer
Hermann Köllensperger Hermann Köllensperger
Hans Ertl


Semi documentary about the 1953 Nanga Parbat expedition organized and managed by Karl Maria Herrligkoffer and the first ascent by Hermann Buhl filmed by Hans Ertl. The film shows the preparation, the travel through a vast landscape and the ascent under tremendous conditions but also shows a lot of pathos in regard to the narration and the outspoken nationalism.

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"...and fight the mountain [...] for the fatherland"
21 May 2003 | by matthaei007See all my reviews

As often, rather coincidence has you watch some very special films. This film is more or less one of those, too. It's kind of a documentary film about a group of german hillclimbers which strive to climb up the Nanga Parbat, one of the highest mountains in the world, in Pakistan. Watching this film, we were constantly guessing the age of it until we looked it up in the IMDB ;-). You could bet that one of us was supposing this film to date from the 40ies. Why is that? You can well feel and of course hear the relics of germany's not so far past. Okay, the main "actors" don't look like short-hair upright obediant-silly Nazis, but there's enough in this film to feel amused without greater interceptions... If you hear terms like "sahib" or "sherpa porters" who really are the only that carry the luggage :-)), there's an colonnialistic atmosphere in it. But I do not want to only come down on this film. It really has great pictures, some attempts to be thrilling and you begin to feel historically interested while watching it. So when this film passes by in TV, go and give it a chance but better don't do it alone or have a pizza while watching it or both...

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13 November 1953 (West Germany) See more »

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