DEAD MENS TALES - HANGING BY A THREAD
United Kingdom / 1994 / 25'
We are in the Mont Blanc range on the Dru Mountain, the great rock pyramid that stands out in Chamonix valley. Two climbers have to interrupt their climb and bivouac for the night on a narrow ledge. Suddenly the ledge falls with a roar and the two men are left suspended, over 1000 metres from the bottom, on one bending piton.
He is considered one of the greatest filmmakers of sport adventure film. He has made more than 80films and collaborated in numerous films by other directors. In 1970 he began his climbing career on the North wall of the Eiger, taking his camera to make his first film on mountaineering. Over the years he has made many other films, on Mount Cervino, in Patagonia, on Mount Everest (where he shot Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler’s ascent without the aid of oxygen). In his film “Dudh - Kosi - The Relentless river of Everest” he documented the unpredictable flow of the highest river in the world winning the Great Prize in Trento in 1978. He was Chairman of the International Jury panel at the 40th Film Festival, in 1992, and again a member of it in 2003.