In the thin air above Switzerland, on the sheer rock-and-ice wall known as the Eiger, an American climber is about to embark on the most perilous and meaningful ascent he has ever undertaken: an attempt to scale the legendary mountain that took his renowned father's life. Against a backdrop of overwhelming natural beauty, "The Alps" is a true-life story of extraordinary courage. It's the intensely personal journey of a man who has every reason not to climb the deadly Eiger North Face, yet climb it he must. Featuring some of the most spectacular giant screen imagery yet seen, the film celebrates the unsurpassed beauty of the Alps and the indomitable spirit of the people who live there.
Adele Hammond, John Harlin III, Adele Harlin, Siena Harlin, Daniela Jasper, Robert Jasper, Bruno Messerli, Christine Pielmeier, Adele Siena
It's an advert for Swiss tourism
- The Alps review by MC
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This "documentary" literally is an advertisement from the Swiss tourist board, although in that regard it succeeds - the cinematography does a great job of capturing Switzerland's majestic Alpine landscape. If you are a fan of the outdoors and do not feel the urge to at least visit Switzerland after this, you're made of sterner stuff than me.
As a documentary about mountaineering, it's far less compelling than some of my favourites - 'Touching the Void', 'Meru' and 'Beyond the Edge'. John Harlin's personal connection to the North face of the Eiger did move me, however, and there is some great footage of this most challenging of mountain faces.