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Gasherbrum – der Leuchtende Berg

Werner Herzog / DE, 1985 / 45 min.

In just 45 minutes, Werner Herzog zooms in on the driving force behind world-famous alpinist Reinhold Messner. With his comrade Hans Kammerlander, Messner conquered two eight-thousand-metre peaks in the Himalayas. Herzog follows them to their base camp to reveal that, ultimately, climbing is a pointless obsession.

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It sounds like sheer madness: attempting to conquer two mountains more than eight thousand metres high in a single, uninterrupted climb. Experienced alpinists shook their heads at Messner’s plan to reach the summits of the Gasherbrum in alpine style – without oxygen, without sherpas, without fixed ropes.

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Director

Werner Herzog

Production year

1985

Country

DE

Original title

Gasherbrum – der Leuchtende Berg

Length

45 min.

Language

German

Subtitles

ENG

Format

DCP

Part of

Werner Herzog

Eye Filmmuseum presents an exhibition and extensive film programme around the work of celebrated filmmaker Werner Herzog. With an unorthodox oeuvre of more than seventy features, documentaries and shorts, Herzog has fascinated audiences with unforgettable stories, images and characters for more than half a century. His films grant us insights into the relationship between people and the chaotic world around them, as well as into the endless indifference of nature towards human life.

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still Gasherbrum - der Leuchtende Berg (Werner Herzog, DE 1985) © Werner Herzog Film
still Gasherbrum - der Leuchtende Berg (Werner Herzog, DE 1985) © Werner Herzog Film
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