North Face (Nordwand)
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Based on a true story, about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. In 1936, Nazi propaganda urges German Alpinists to conquer the unclimbed north face of the Swiss massif, the Eiger, bringing two reluctant climbers, Toni Kurz and Andi Hinterstoisser, to begin their daring ascent and attempt to scale the infamous rock face, often called the Murder Wall. While preparing themselves at the foot of the North Face, Toni and Andi unexpectedly run into Luise, the early love of Toni. Now a journalist, she has come with her boss Arau, a loyal Nazi, to report about the first… More
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"The mountaineers climb for reasons that have little to do with nationalism - reasons the film clumsily attempts to articulate in words. It's far more successful conveying those inspirations with stunning images of them scaling daunting heights."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, NPR
"North Face" is something of an old-fashioned epic shot with modern wisdom and technique, a man vs. nature flick that also weighs the importance of the individual vs. the social while exposing the mean cost of vicarious thrills."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Epic, intimate and gripping."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"It's Kolja Brandt's gloriously edge-of-the-seat/seat-of-the-pants cinematography (much of the film was shot on location) that really packs a natural wallop."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"There's no subtext and not much character development, but those aren't really missed."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"A straightforward, wickedly suspenseful Man vs. Nature saga of the type that rarely gets made any more."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"The word "gripping" doesn't do it justice."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Harrowing German drama is a real cliffhanger."
‑ Don Groves, sbs.com.au
"The images of the Eiger are both majestic and harrowing, and the action is as exciting as in any mountain-climbing movie to date."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"The romantic subplot is underwritten and overwrought. More compelling is ... the impressively harrowing mountain footage."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Philipp Stolzl worked in the same dangerous conditions as the original climbers, and we can feel the chill and peril in our bones. It's a shame, then, that the screenwriter, unlike the camera crew and the characters, was afflicted with such timidity."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"This white-knuckle adventure is a literal and metaphoric cliff-hanger that gets a spectacular foothold on an unforgiving mountain."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Very likely the best movie ever made about mountain climbing, with some barbed commentary on life under Nazism."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"I have no idea if anything beyond the essentials is accurate. A good deal of it feels more like a 1930s movie than a 1930s event"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Harrowing historical yarn mixes Third Reich manliness and white-knuckle mountaineering"
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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