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The Mountain (1956)

The Mountain (1956)
US 105m, Colour
Director: Edward Dmytryk; Cast: Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner, Claire Trevor, William Demarest, Barbara Darrow, Richard Arlen, E.G. Marshall, Anna Kashfi, Richard Garrick, Harry Townes

Based upon the 1952 French novel “La neige en deuil” by Henri Troyat, The Mountain is the story of two brothers who embark on a search for plane wreckage high in the French Alps. Beginning as a salvage operation, and fuelled by the younger brother’s greed, the climb of the north face becomes complicated when one of the passengers is found alive. Making up a good deal of the film, the actual climbing sequences are particularly well done, with only a few very obvious studio inserts. There are a few surprising scenes where the technical side of climbing and belaying is portrayed, including some sketchy piton placement and a painful demonstration of the benefits of a modern belay device (Klaus Ming December 2018).

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This entry was posted on 12/31/2018 by in 1950s, All, Unlisted and tagged .
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