Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Der weiße Rausch. A tribute to Arnold Fanck's Film

Der weiße Rausch – neue Wunder des Schneeschuhs (White Ecstasy - new Miracles of the Snowshoe) is a 1931 mountain film directed by Arnold Fanck.
Although made in 1931, this film is still astonishing today. It is an unbelievably spectacular film about skiïng, more than worth seeing!

St. Anton am Arlberg was the setting for the film, starring future filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl and local ski instructor Hannes Schneider. Made in 1931, the comedy film was a fictional account of the skiing exploits of a young village girl (played by Riefenstahl), and her attempts to master the sport of skiing and ski-jumping aided by the local ski expert Hannes Schneider. The film was one of the first to use slow-motion and low-angle photography to capture action shots and featured several innovative action-skiing scenes.
Also two Tyrolean skiing stars, Walter Riml and Guzzi Lantschner, have an important part in this movie. They have the part of two Hamburger carpenters in their traditional outfits. They come to the Arlberg and try to learn how to ski with the aid of two different skiing books.

Directed by Arnold Fanck
Produced by Harry R. Sokal
Written by Arnold Fanck
Starring: Leni Riefenstahl, Hannes Schneider, Guzzi Lantschner, Walter Riml, Rudi Matt and Lothar Ebersberg
Music by Paul Dessau
Cinematography: Richard Angst, Hans Karl Gottschalk, Bruno Leubner and Kurt Neubert
Editing by Arnold Fanck
Release date: December 10, 1931. UFA-Palast am Zoo, Berlin (Germany)
Running time: 70 min.
Country: Weimar Republic
Language: German
Der weiße Rausch – neue Wunder des Schneeschuhs is available for free download at the Internet Archive

Arnold Fanck (born 6 March 1889, Frankenthal, Germany — died 28 September 1974, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany) was a pioneer of the German mountain film.
Together with Odo Deodatus Tauern, Bernhard Villinger and Rolf Bauer, Fanck established the company "Berg- und Sportfilm GmbH Freiburg" in Freiburg im Breisgau in 1920. Fanck, who held a PhD in geology, directed mountain films, sports films and ski films. He was assisted by Sepp Allgeier, a cameraman who later worked with Leni Riefenstahl, and worked mostly in the Alps in locations such as the Engadine, Zermatt and the Arlberg and on mountains such as Mont Blanc and Piz Palü.

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