White Hell of Pitz Palu
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The White Hell of Pitz Palu

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Director: Arnold Fanck, G.W. Pabst

Cast: Arnold Fanck, G.W. Pabst, Leni Riefenstahl, Ernst Petersen

     
 

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Kino has done well by The White Hell of Pitz Palu, offering the classic silent adventure drama in a crisp full-screen (1.33-to-1) transfer, rich in beautiful contrasts and detail, with a full orchestral score. The movie is engrossing enough by itself, but as bonus features the producers have included an excerpt from the 1935 sound adaptation of the same footage

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Kino has done well by The White Hell of Pitz Palu, offering the classic silent adventure drama in a crisp full-screen (1.33-to-1) transfer, rich in beautiful contrasts and detail, with a full orchestral score. The movie is engrossing enough by itself, but as bonus features the producers have included an excerpt from the 1935 sound adaptation of the same footage; and, much more significantly, an interview with the movie's female lead, Leni Riefenstahl, at age 100, a point at which she was still engaged in adventure filmmaking, this time involving scuba diving. The disc opens automatically to a simple-to-use menu, offering easy access to all of the features.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The White Hell of Pitz Palu is a stunning movie. If one merely looks at the essentials of its plot, it seems like nothing more than a standard adventure story, of the Man vs. Nature variety. And it's true, many will see it as nothing more than this and either enjoy it or not based upon their fondness for or tolerance of adventure movies. But creators Arnold Fanck and G.W. Pabst have taken the basics of the story and created a movie of great, harsh, majestic beauty. Fanck was well known for his "mountain" movies, and Pitz Palu is the greatest of these, the one in which he most fully realizes his vision of the dominating, mesmerizing cruelty of these titans of the landscape. Ironically, this very personal vision receives its ultimate fruition thanks to the do-direction of Pabst. Fanck concentrated on the grand, epic scenes involving the terrible Pitz-Palu mountain, while Pabst was assigned the task of making sure the humanity and specificity of the characters was properly captured. Two singular artists worked as one, making a seamless whole. And while Pitz Palu is a work of exquisite beauty, it is always and at the same time equally a thrilling, gripping race against the elements. There's even a mystical aspect of it which gives it a psychological reading, with the two males seen as two halves of the same person (their names -- Johannes and Hans are very similar. By the same token, the character played by Leni Riefenstahl is named Maria, the name of Johannes' departed wife, further emphasizing the dual nature of the characters. Pitz Palu works on many levels, bringing fresh rewards with repeated viewings. Those viewings also allow one to further appreciate the magnificent work of the quartet of cinematographers employed here, who create images of stark magnificence and power. Pitz Palu has some minor failings, including moments when the pacing suddenly falters, but these do not detract from its impact.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2005
UPC:
0738329042424
Original Release:
1929
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Time:
2:13:00

Special Features

"The Immoderation in Me," (2002, 59 min.) an interview with Leni Riefenstahl By Sandra Maischberger; Excerpt of the 1935 sound re-issue version; Photo gallery

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leni Riefenstahl Maria Majoni
Ernst Petersen Hans Brandt
Gustav Diessl Dr. Johannes Krafft
Mitzi Gotzel Maria Krafft
Christian Klucker Otto Spring
Ernst Udet Himself

Technical Credits
Arnold Fanck Director,Editor,Screenwriter
G.W. Pabst Director
Sepp Allgeier Cinematographer
Richard Angst Cinematographer
Giuseppe Becce Score Composer
Gustav Diessl Cinematographer
Hermann Haller Editor
Ashley Irwin Score Composer
Erno Metzner Set Decoration/Design
Ernst Petersen Cinematographer
Leni Riefenstahl Cinematographer
Hans Schneeberger Cinematographer
Henri Sokal Producer
Ernst Udet Cinematographer
Laszlo Vajda Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The White Hell of Pitz Palu
1. Opening Titles [:09]
2. Two Young People [8:39]
3. Ghost of the Mountain [9:36]
4. Dr. Krafft's Tale [9:43]
5. Peaceless Sleep [10:35]
6. The Journey Begins [8:13]
7. The Edge of Tragedy [12:11]
8. Distress! [8:04]
9. Temperature Drop [7:52]
10. Rescue Party [3:26]
11. Inferno [9:00]
12. Tending to the Dead [8:15]
13. The Third Night [4:58]
14. Aerial Sighting [5:01]
15. Deep Freeze [12:27]
16. Prayers and Rage [8:33]

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