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Gasherbrum - Der leuchtende Berg

Gasherbrum - Der leuchtende Berg

1985
Documentary
TV Movie
45m
"The Dark Glow of the Mountains" features the genuinely legendary free-style mountaineer, Reinhold Messner who, along with Hans Kammerlander scaled Gasherbrum I & II - two of the world's most difficult peaks back to back. Reinhold Messner is undoubtedly the greatest mountain climber of all time. He was the first person to climb all 14 of the 8000+ meter peaks (between 1970-1986). (IMDB comments)
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Gasherbrum - Der leuchtende Berg

1985
Documentary
TV Movie
45m
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Avg Percentile 64.28% from 77 total ratings

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Rated 26 Apr 2020
85
93rd
An exploration of the inner landscape of the mountaineer as etched onto the physical landscape of Gasherbrum II and Gasherbrum I. Herzog's mixing of interview and shots of epic landscapes captures the imagination as we are led to see these two death defiers as infatuated with the possibility of what might be out/up there and thus within them. Messner breaking down on screen when questioned about his mothers' response to his brothers' death is a picture of a man deeply sad but full of love.
Rated 19 Mar 2009
71
37th
Even overlooking the bland narration (not by Herzog) and dubbing, there's just not much meat here. There are a few of those magic Herzog moments. But too much of is talking heads, and even then I don't feel like I'm getting a particularly insightful look inside the mind of a climber. Messner's remarks are typically exactly what you'd expect them to be. His feats may be impressive, but as far as being a fascinating personality, he's no Timothy Treadwell. Not a bad film, just rather blah.
Rated 16 Jun 2012
86
82nd
Of all the people Herzog has filmed, Reinhold Messner seems the most like Herzog. They're both adventurers constantly on the move, seldom stopping to ask the "why"s. They don't seem to fear death and they don't hesitate to put themselves in tremendous danger for the sake of being true to their desires. I enjoyed this a lot. The scenery is beautiful, Messner is quite an interesting subject, and it has the most hilariously energetic full body massage ever filmed.
Rated 23 Oct 2008
63
60th
A documentary filmed under death-defying conditions, men braving the forces of nature, yada yada - a pedestrian little film for Werner Herzog, an impressive feat considered generally.
Rated 08 Jul 2010
4
56th
I'm just gonna ignore the terrible dub job - it's what Herzog would want us to do.
Rated 26 Mar 2010
65
71st
It is a pity that the version of this which has recently become available on DVD is dubbed into English, rather than the original German version that must exist somewhere.
Rated 11 Apr 2022
87
85th
Tries to emotionally destroy you at the base of the mountain so the climb can lift you back up.
Rated 20 Aug 2009
70
56th
Reminiscent of Herzog's earlier "The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner". Pretty straight-forward narrative with some good camerawork and great sounds from Popul Vuh.
Rated 26 Oct 2015
100
0th
"I don't think so, because he's the one saying the CIA tactics remind him of Nazi Germany." http://illusionpodcast.blogspot.com/2015/10/episode-76-nonfiction-from-werner.html

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