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DIE WEIßE HÖLLE VOM PIZ PALÜ

White Hell of Piz Palu, The
(Weiße Hölle vom Piz Palü, Die)
Germany
1929
Drama

The project began with a simple newspaper article about five mountaineers – four men and one woman – who had lost their way in the mountains. The story inspired German director Arnold Franck (also an enthusiastic mountaineer!) to produce an overwhelming movie. His film portrays the wild nature of the mountains, as a small group of adventurers strive to conquer the Piz Palu become exposed to fatal danger.

Franck’s production became a tremendous success and is noted for innovative filming techniques and a renowned cast. He cast the then-legendary rescue flyer Ernst Udet to shoot the rescue scenes and the famous Leni Riefenstahl, as the young Maria. Riefenstahl filled her role with courage and demonstrated her mountain-climbing ability, which brought about further engagements for the young actress. Arnold Franck’s fame lay in directing adventurous and dramatic movies such as THE WHITE HELL OF PIZ PALU.

Ever since the death of his wife at Piz Palu, her widower climbs the mountain yearly on the date of his wife’s death. This year he comes across a young couple, which joins him on his excursion to the peak of the mountain. During their journey they become victims of a massive avalanche. Although the experienced climber proves strength and endurance in the struggle for survival, he sacrifices his life to secure the survival of the couple.

Compositions:

Ashley Irwin

1997
  large orchestra (from 46 Musicians)    
 
stafflist
1+1/picc.1+1/ca.1+1/bcl.1+1/contrabn – 3.3.3(tenortr+tenortr/tenortuba+basstr).1 – timp.3perc.pno/synth.hp – strings (min: 12.10.8.6.5) percussion: Snare drum, Small drum, Suspended cymbal, Tam-Tam, Piatti, Tambourin, Tubular Bell, Triangle, Vibes, Crotales, Glasswind chimes, Bell tree, Chimes, Tom-Tom, Xylophone, Mark tree, Whip, Ratchet, Rainstick, Keytree, Sizzle Cymb.
     
 
Duration
133
sync fps
22
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