Mountain Movies

3 May, 2019

The big screen is one of the biggest entertainments, and the presence or appearance of climbing in it has been and is something that draws our attention to all climbers, leaving aside the documentaries, when it comes to science fiction or of isolated scenes, we have a lot of fun observing the implausibility of the shots that taken to the reality are even physically impossible. Unanimously, all of them are part of drama and science fiction, and this undoubtedly contributes to the drmoviesamatic fame that mountaineering and climbing has today, where someone always dies and most of the time in the hands of an ideal companionship is portrayed as absent, happening stories of conspiracy and egos wars to be the first in the challenge. When it comes to realistic films or documentaries, even exposing the personality of the protagonist with a certain aura of drama or transcendentalism around the meaning of the mountain, lately we see an important turn with the wonderful films of Kilian Jornet (part of his Summits of my life ), such as Let Me Live on the Matterhorn or Everest, and Alex Honnold on Free Solo. They, surrounded by the highest level of filming, have portrayed their challenges recorded live, and both with a new perspective full of consideration, freedom, responsibility, and an atmosphere, an aura of happiness and positivism filmed in situ that we all enjoy as climbers and climbers, but in the same way and even without fully understanding these impressive achievements, all, we all enjoy them.

In the fifties began the mountain cinema with The White Mountain, directed by Ted Tetzlaff in 1950. In 1956 The Sinister Mountain by Edward Dmytryk, and in 1959 The Third Man in the Mountain by Ken Annakin and Peilous Assignment by Hamilton S.Luske with Walt Disney, whose one of its protagonists was Gastón Rebuffat, who also filmed Etoile et Tempettes and Horizons Ganes. And later it was from 1975 with the mythical License to Kill by Clint Eastwood, which began the mountain cinema with greater assiduity, both science fiction films and mythical scenes of climbing.

This month, we dedicate this article to the cinema, with the following selection of movies of all times and of great variety, which we order chronologically. Movie nights this spring-summer in the camps this year will be the best! Get ready and … enjoy!

Five Days, One Summer, 1982, by Fred Zinnemann with Sean Connery


Star Trek V, 1989, by William Shatner


Grito de Piedra, 1991, by Werner Herzog


K2, 1991, by Franc Roddan


Total Risk, 1993, by Renny Harlin with Sylvester Stallone


Road to the top Death on Everest, 1997, by Robert Markowitz


Gran Paradiso, 2000, by Miguel Alexandre


Mission Impossible, 2000, by John Woo with Tom Cruise


Vertical Boundary, 2000, by Martin Campbell


Touching the Summit, 2003, by Kevin MacDonald


The Call of Silence, 2007, by Louise Osmond


North Face, 2008, by Philipp Stölzl


The Conquest of Everest, 2010, by Anthony Geffen with Conrad Anker


Vertigo, 2010, by Abel Ferry


Nanga Parbat, 2010, by Joseph Vilhsmaier


The Summit, 2012, by Nick Ryan


127 Hours, 2011 by Danny Boyle


Panic in the heights, 2011, by Julian Gilbey


A Fine Line, 2012, by Kilian Jornet (First film in the Summits of My Life project)


Beyond the End, 2013, by Leanne Pooley


Déjame Vivir, 2014, by Kilian Jornet (Second film within the Summits of My Life project)


K2, 2014, by Dave Ohlson


Valley Uprising, 2014, by Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen


Langtang, 2015, by Kilian Jornet (Third film within the Summits of My Life project)


Meru, 2015, by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhely


Sherpa, 2015, by Jennifer Peedom


Everest, 2015, by Baltasar Kormákur


Break Point, 2015, Ericson Core


Path to Everest, 2018, by Kilian Jornet (Fourth film of the Summits of My Life project)


The Dawn Hall, 2018, by Peter Mortimer and Josh Lowell, with Tommy Caldwell


Free Solo, 2018, by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhely filming Alex Honnold