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Author Topic: Video o/t month April:Into the Thin Air of Everest: Conquest of Everest (1958)  (Read 5097 times)


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Into the Thin Air of Everest: Conquest of Everest (1958)(VHS only, about 50 minutes)

(click to go to Amazon.com page where this video can be found)

Well, we finally watched this video last week and is was truly a joy. We had no idea there was so much footage of this climb. Not all the way to the summit, but as far as the South Col camp the fantastic images were shot.

Ofcourse it is outdated, but that's exactly the charm of it:   :D

All those tough men wearing few clothes, placing the first route through the Khumbu Icefall and the Lhotse face. With typical 'these heroical men' commentary.
They had no clue what to expect being at altitude so long and just went for it with a cheerful attitude.

No Goretex, no Imax, no fixed ropes up the Hillary step... but persistence and character.

Amazing images of a milestone in mountaineering history. You have to like the old images and the narrative style but it is impressive as well as humorous. The editing is also well done, at no moment is the movie boring in any way, something that current filmers can learn from.

These are the comments as can be found on the Video & DVD page where this video also can be found:
"Outstanding, Oscar-nominated documentary chronicle of Edmund Hillary and company's successful expedition to the summit of Mount Everest. As dramatic as the most complexly plotted fiction; breathtaking photography by Thomas Stobart and George Love"

"This is the actual film of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary's historic first ascent of Mt. Everest. While not as dramatic as other films on the subject (if only because the outcome is known), it is none the less very well made, and an important historical document in filmmaking. Some viewers today may feel the film is dated, and even trite in spots. But the narrative moves very well, and its superb historical content make up for that."

« Last Edit: Feb 20 2004, 16:32 by 7summits »
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