The Cineflex-camera, developed by US secret services, brings razor sharp aerial close-ups and breathtaking panoramic images to life. Filmed exclusively with aerial shots, this is a unique ...
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The Cineflex-camera, developed by US secret services, brings razor sharp aerial close-ups and breathtaking panoramic images to life. Filmed exclusively with aerial shots, this is a unique cinematic expedition from the peaks of Mont Blanc to the Dolomites and traces the history and geography of the Alps.
There's quite a few documentaries about mountains - this stands out in that it consists nearly exclusively of aerial images (the only exception are a few seconds of time-lapse video which were shot from fixed cams). While that's a unique feature, it's also a bit of a constraint because there's some scenes where a simple ground camera would have served better. Also, for the few scientific explanations on mountain formation and glaciers, or for the WW1 history part, some illustrative videos or historical documents would have been a valuable addition.
Otherwise, it's a really beautiful documentary, not shying away from the "dark" commercial face of the alps (mass-tourism, hydro-power) but very conscious of the aesthetic power not only of raw nature, but of technology, too. It's definitely worth to be experienced on a big screen!
The "scientific" value of this doc is very low-key, and the comments sparse. It works on a purely visual level, which is completely OK with me - for deeper information, watch the DVD series or read a book.
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