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Dead Mountaineer's Hotel (1979)

'Hukkunud Alpinisti' hotell (original title)
Police gets a call-out to a lonely hotel in the Alps. When an officer gets to the hotel everything seems to be alright. Suddenly an avalanche cuts them out from the rest of the world and strange things are going to happen.

Director:

Grigori Kromanov

Writers:

Arkadiy Strugatskiy (screenplay) (as Arkadi Strugatski), Boris Strugatskiy (screenplay) (as Boriss Strugatski)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Uldis Pucitis ... Insp. Peter Glebsky
Jüri Järvet ... Alex Snewahr
Lembit Peterson Lembit Peterson ... Simon Simonet
Mikk Mikiver Mikk Mikiver ... Hinckus
Karlis Sebris ... Mr. Moses
Irena Kriauzaite Irena Kriauzaite ... Mrs. Moses (as I. Kriauzaite)
Sulev Luik Sulev Luik ... Luarvik
Tiit Härm ... Olaf Andvarafors
Nijole Ozelyte ... Brun
Kaarin Raid Kaarin Raid ... Kaisa
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Police gets a call-out to a lonely hotel in the Alps. When an officer gets to the hotel everything seems to be alright. Suddenly an avalanche cuts them out from the rest of the world and strange things are going to happen.

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Country:

Estonia | Soviet Union

Language:

Estonian

Release Date:

27 August 1979 (Estonia) See more »

Also Known As:

Отель 'У погибшего альпиниста' See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tallinnfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This is the portrait of the Dead Mountaineer
11 June 2018 | by hrkeplerSee all my reviews

'Dead Mountaineer's Hotel' still remains basically only Estonian science fiction film in the truest sense. Police inspector arrives into remote mountain hotel to investigate anonymous tip where he discovers that it was false alarm. After the avalanche cuts the hotel, and all it's inhabitants from the outer world, the strange things start to occur. Doppelgangers, terrorists, aliens, androids, and flirtatious sultry women.

Wonderful cinematography of snowy mountains under bright sun against dark interior of the hotel that leaves feeling that it's as cold inside the hotel as it is outside, and intensifies the claustrophobic atmosphere of the hotel. Inspector Glebsky grows more and more desperate and paranoid when he tries to solve the crimes only relying on his common sense, logic and skepticism that lead to unfortunate tragic events leaving audience falter who was the real villain. The name of the hotel 'Dead Mountaineer' is explained briefly (and quite satisfactory), but it also leaves nice eerie mystery floating around - who was that enigmatic 'dead mountaineer' whose dog still sleeps under his bleak portrait hanging on the wall. Sven Grünberg's fantastic synthesizer score adds another layer of mystery and anticipation. The song 'Ball' has a lyrics, but they don't make sense because it's only gibberish - and when we see aliens dance to this song hypnotically it's almost like they understand it (although real reason why the song didn't had any proper words was the Soviet regulation of the time demanding the lyrics of the song to be translated into Russian when released in Russia - Grünberg didn't like the idea of translating his lyrics so he invented the gibberish for the song.).


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