Film Symphony: The White Hell of Piz Palu

Film Symphony: The White Hell of Piz Palu

Foto: Deutsche Kinemathek

Film Symphony: The White Hell of Piz Palu

Thu 29. Feb 2024 18.30 Kleine Tonhalle
Thu 29. Feb 2024 19.30 Grosse Tonhalle
Fri 01. Mar 2024 19.30 Grosse Tonhalle
Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
Frank Strobel Conductor
Ashley Irwin «Die weisse Hölle vom Piz Palü»
Stummfilm aus dem Jahr 1929. Regie Arnold Fanck / Georg Wilhelm Pabst


29. Feb 2024, 18.30 Uhr
Kleine Tonhalle
Conductor Frank Strobel and Christian Jungen, Artistic Director Zurich Film Festival, in conversation about the film and its historical context

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Trailer: Die weisse Hölle vom Piz Palü

Crevasses, avalanches, rescue attempts – the mountain film drama "The White Hell of Piz Palü" tells of the great dangers in the Bernina massif. Together with a young couple, mountaineer Dr Johannes Kraft ventures up the north face of Piz Palü. However, the main protagonist of the silent film is the breathtaking Engadine mountains. The spectacular nature shots made the film an international sensation when it was released in 1929. By the standards of the time, it was a risky shoot that gave directors Arnold Fanck and Georg Wilhelm Pabst their experiences with the forces of nature. As significant as the film is, it is also controversial. The young Leni Riefenstahl, who later made a career in Hitler's Nazi regime, can be seen in a leading role; in addition, the scenes with the well-known Jewish actor Kurt Gerron were cut out in 1935. We are showing the mountain film classic in the original version with the film music by Ashley Irwin.

Film with permission of the Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek
Music with permission of Ashley Irwin