Leni Riefenstahl Collection from Kino in November

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  1. TimJS

    TimJS Second Unit

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    From their latest catalog:

    ...which includes Storm Over Mont Blanc , S.O.S. Iceberg , and The White Hell of Pitz Palu (supplemented by Riefenstahl's final filmed interview).

    Great news, but hope that we get Olympia someday.

    Tim
     
  2. KyleG

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    How can Olympia be excluded? This is a film that needs to be in this set.
     
  3. TimJS

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    The Specs/Synopsis from Kino:

    S.O.S. Iceberg (S.O.S. Eisberg)

    In a departure from the trademark Alpine settings of Arnold Fanck's Bergfilme ("Mountain Films"), S.O.S. Iceberg (S.O.S. Eisberg) takes place off the coast of Greenland, where an explorer, Karl Lorenz (Gustav Diessl), is stranded on a steadily-eroding iceberg. A rescue crew, led by the heroic Johannes Krafft (Sepp Rist), reaches Prof. Lorenz, but also becomes stranded, as does Mrs. Lorenz (Leni Riefenstahl), who crashes her plane while trying to land in the icy waters of the North Atlantic. Surrounded by polar bears on their shrinking iceberg, the explorer and his would-be rescuers battle the elements, and each other, while waiting for a miracle.

    S.O.S. Iceberg was filmed simultaneously in an English-language version, which is presented in its entirety on this DVD. The differences between the two are not merely lingual. Each film is edited differently and includes prolonged sequences not seen in its transatlantic counterpart.

    *Note: the actors Gordon Gowland and Rod La Rocque only appear in the US version of the film.

    Extras on DVD

    Alternate English language version (runs 76 min.)
    Optional English subtitles
    Photo gallery

    Storm Over Mont Blanc (Stürme über dem Mont Blanc)

    In a lonely outpost atop the treacherous Mont Blanc, an intrepid scientist lives with minimal connection to the world below. Through the telegraph, Hannes (Sepp Rist) communicates with a beautiful astronomer (Leni Riefenstahl), and is occasionally visited by an airplane pilot (Ernst Udet) upon whom he depends for supplies. In the midst of a ferocious snowstorm, Hannes loses his gloves and his weather station is battered by the elements. Suffering frostbite and unable to descend the mountain, he sends out a desperate S.O.S. in the hope that someone can brave the elements and rescue him from certain death.

    Eerily romantic and overshadowed by the constant threat of doom, Storm Over Mont Blanc (Stürme über dem Montblanc) is a quintessential Bergfilm ("Mountain Film") by Arnold Fanck, the genre's innovator and unparalleled master.

    Extras on DVD

    "Cloud Phenomena of Maloja" -- a rare 1924 short by Arnold Fanck (10 min.)
    Optional English subtitles
    Photo gallery

    The White Hell of Pitz Palu (Die Weiße Hölle vom Piz Palü)


    While enjoying a romantic stay in a remote mountain cabin, Maria and Hans (Leni Riefenstahl and Ernst Petersen) discover a logbook revealing the tragic tale of Dr. Johannes Krafft (Gustav Diessl). He lost his wife in an avalanche, and wanders the faces of Pitz Palu seeking to reclaim her frozen corpse. On the anniversary of her death, Krafft appears at the cabin, and Maria and Hans volunteer to join him on the next leg of his grim expedition. A series of unfortunate events leaves the three stranded on the dreaded north face without shelter or supplies. While Johannes's loyal friend (Otto Spring) leads a spectacular torch-lit rescue effort through the icy glacial caves, Johannes, Maria and Hans face the realization that they cannot all survive, and someone is fated to perish in the White Hell of Pitz Palu.

    Music by Ashley Irwin (1998).


    DVD Extras

    "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



    Tim
     

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