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Based on a true story, North Face is a suspenseful adventure film about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. Set in 1936, as Nazi propaganda urges the nation s Alpinists to conquer the unclimbed north face of the Swiss massif the Eiger two reluctant German climbers begin their daring ascent.
North Face is a men vs. mountain adventure so harrowing and gripping that, as with the doomed sailors in Das Boot, one almost forgets that the bruised, battered, and frostbitten climbers we're urging onward are Nazis. Toni Kurz (Benno Fürmann) and Andi Hinterstoisser (Florian Lukas) are cocky mountaineers who "will scale anything that's tall." In 1936 they are prevailed upon to climb the unconquered 13,000-foot north face of the Eiger, "the death wall" and "the last problem of the Alps," as a heroic and glorious prelude to the Berlin Olympic Games. Toni and Andi are not true believers (they ignore greetings of "Heil Hitler" as they quit the Bavarian Mountain Brigade). They've got company on their treacherous quest, two Austrian climbers. As long as North Face sticks to the mountain, it is viscerally thrilling and grueling. But the movie adds unnecessary baggage, a romantic subplot. Why is there a love story? Because it's there. Johanna Wokalek costars as Luise, an aspiring photojournalist and Toni's former girlfriend, who is covering the story with her boss, a Nazi sympathizer whose paper is a cog in the propaganda machine. Based on a true story, North Face has a you-are-there immediacy and authenticity (the cinematography was honored with Germany's equivalent of the Academy Award) that transcends any dramatic missteps. --Donald LiebensonSee all Editorial Reviews
One of the best movies I've ever seen! I was not in the mood for a subtitled movie, but after two minutes, I'd forgotten it was even subtitled! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steve
I watched the North Face last night. Unlike other reviewers, I found it dull, pointless, and filled with overly dramatic soundtrack music. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. F. Hazell
This is a gripping, relentlessly intense movie based on the true story of German climbers seeking to obtain the title of first to scale the North Face in the Alps. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nori J. Rost
The beautiful cinematography and fast pacing make for a fun movie about mountaineering and an easy introduction to the Eiger, historical inaccuracies aside (such the completely... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stephen Kurczy
This is a movie about 2 men that are dared to climb Europe's most dangerous mountain the Iker and the most deadly side of it being the north face which no one had ever succeeded... Read morePublished 2 months ago by firstname.lastname@example.org
This movie is a great and tragic story. I highly recommend it. Package was received in a reasonable amount of time. Thank you!Published 3 months ago by April
Great film; loved the characters and acting as well as the story build up, and the various aspects that were very true to the actual events. Read morePublished 3 months ago by E.L.