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Mountain Films

Mountain films

Production still from White Hell of Pitz Palu

Die Weisse Hölle Vom Piz Palü (White Hell of Pitz Palu) 1929 All ages
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, SILENT / MONO, 150 MINUTES, GERMANY, ENGLISH INTERTITLES / DIRECTORS: ARNOLD FANCK, GEORG WILHELM PABST / SCRIPT: ARNOLD FANCK, LADISLAUS VAJDA / CINEMATOGRAPHER: SEPP ALLGEIER, RICHARD ANGST / EDITOR: ARNOLD FANCK, HERMANN HALLER / PRODUCTION CO: H R SOKAL FILM / PRINT SOURCE: NATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO LENDING SERVICE / RIGHTS: BETA FILM GMBH

The last of Germany’s great silent mountain films, most of it shot under freezing conditions during a five-month location trip in the Alps. Survival trumps romance when three mountain climbers (including Leni Riefenstahl) are pinned down on the icy face of Piz Palü awaiting rescue.

Thu 30 Oct 12 noon / Cinema A

Production still from With Byrd At The South Pole

With Byrd At The South Pole 1930 All ages
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 82 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTORS: WILLIAM VAN DER VEER, JOE RUCKER / SCRIPT: JULIAN JOHNSON / CINEMATOGRAPHER: JOSEPH T RUCKER, WILLARD VAN DER VEER / EDITOR: EMANUEL COHEN / PRODUCTION CO: PARAMOUNT PICTURES / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE

The 1930 Oscar-winning American documentary about Byrd at the Antarctic and his attempt to be the first to fly over the South Pole. A beautifully shot record of what Byrd had to endure, presented as an alternative to the German mountain films that at the time were defining the genre.

Fri 31 Oct 8.00pm / Cinema B

Production still from The Blue Light

Das Blaue Licht (The Blue Light) 1932 All ages
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 75 MINUTES, GERMANY, GERMAN / ITALIAN (LIVE ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTORS: BÉLA BALÁZS, LENI RIEFENSTAHL / SCRIPT: BÉLA BALÁZS, CARL MAYER, LENI RIEFENSTAHL / ORIGINAL STORY: GUSTAV RENKER / CINEMATOGRAPHER: HANS SCHNEEBERGER, HEINZ VON JAWORSKY / EDITOR: LENI RIEFENSTAHL / PRODUCTION CO: LENI RIEFENSTAHL-PRODUKTION / PRINT SOURCE: DEUTSCHE KINEMATHEK / RIGHTS: LENI RIEFENSTAHL FILMPRODUKTION

A crucial mountain film, the one that first connects mountains to romantic legends and myths. In this case, Junta (Leni Riefenstahl), child of the mountains, suspected of being a witch, has a strange rapport with a mystical blue light that glows when the moon is full. The Blue Light is significant in Leni Riefenstahl’s career because it intrigued Hitler and gave her the opportunity to make the Nazi documentaries that have insured her notoriety.

Fri 31 Oct 6.00pm / Cinema B

         

Production still from 90º South

90º South 1933 All ages
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 72 MINUTES, UK, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR / SCRIPT / CINEMATOGRAPHER: HERBERT G PONTING / PRODUCTION CO: ANTARCTIC FILM TRUST, NEW ERA FILMS / PRINT SOURCE / RIGHTS: BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE

Herbert G Ponting’s passionate firsthand account of Robert Scott’s tragic British Antarctic expedition of 1910―1912. Ponting dedicated his life to the memory of Captain Scott, who died in his race to the South Pole. Originally a silent film released as early as 1911, Ponting added narration and music in 1933.

Thu 6 Nov 12 noon / Cinema A

Production still from The Last Chance

Die Letzte Chance (The Last Chance) 1945 All ages
16MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 108 MINUTES, SWITZERLAND, ENGLISH / GERMAN / ITALIAN / DIRECTOR: LEOPOLD LINDTBERG / SCRIPT: ALBERTO BARBERIS, ELIZABETH MONTAGU, RICHARD SCHWEIZER / CINEMATOGRAPHER: EMIL BERNA, FRANZ VLASAK / EDITOR: HERMANN HALLER, RENÉ MARTINET / PRODUCTION CO: PRAESENS-FILM / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: SWISS FILMS

A Swiss mountain film that reverses primary principles of the German prototypes. In the days before the Italian armistice, two prisoners of war escaping a German train confront civilian refugees trying to cross the Alps into the Swiss frontier. They join forces to climb the treacherous slopes.

Wed 5 Nov 4.00pm and 6.00pm / Cinema B

Production still from Careful

Careful 1992 All ages
 35MM, COLOUR, MONO, 100 MINUTES, CANADA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR / CINEMATOGRAPHER / EDITOR: GUY MADDIN / SCRIPT: GUY MADDIN, GEORGE TOLES / PRODUCTION CO: THE CANADA COUNCIL, CANADA MANITOBA CULTURAL INDUSTRIES DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, THE GREG & TRACY FILM MINISTRY, THE MANITOBA ARTS COUNCIL, TÉLÉFILM CANADA / PRINT SOURCE / RIGHTS: CCF CREATIVE

As Juliet Clark writes, “a mountain film a la Leni Riefenstahl shot in a tawdry simulation of two-strip Technicolor, with purposely out-of-sync dubbing and drifts of audio snow.” High in some imaginary Alp, the smallest sound can trigger an avalanche, so villagers must behave with propriety even when acting on incestuous fantasies. The pinnacle of dementia.

Sun 28 Sept 3.00pm / Cinema A