North Face

Film
3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
The ‘mountain film’ was one of the most popular genres of the German cinema of the 1920s and ’30s – before it was discredited for its co-option by the Nazis for propaganda purposes. Here director Philipp Stölzl successfully revives the genre – and its romantic  suplots – with this visually compelling  1930s-set drama about the attempt by climber Toni Kurz and colleagues on the Eiger’s treacherous north face. Stölzl’s ably dramatised (and slightly revisionist) ’Scope movie, which stresses personal over national honour and self-realisation rather than supremacist Aryan qualities, obtains serviceable performances from Benni Fürmann as the  taciturn but determined Kurz  and Johanna Wokalek as his photojournalist girlfriend, but it’s the snow-bound scenery that really steals the show.

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Release details

Rated:
12A
Release date:
Friday December 12 2008
Duration:
121 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Philipp Stölzl
Screenwriter:
Rupert Henning, Johannes Naber
Cast:
Benno Fuermann
Florian Lukas
Johanna Wokalek