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Genres Drama     Short    
Country France
Language French
Plot A mountaineering expedition in search of the victims of an Alpine tragedy, in which two well known climbers lost their lives. A beautifully pathetic subject. Shorn of the repugnant features associated with such an event, the sadness evoked by what remains is more than compensated by the unusualness of the scenes depicted. Weird, but sublime in their photographic perfection, the Alpine views are magnificent. Wonderful ice fields, glaciers, crags, crevasses, snow-clad pinnacles, and chasms, in all their thrilling majesty, sublime silence and snowy desolation, pass each other in rapid succession, each scene more beautiful than the last. Surprising and entrancing as are the views, additional interest is lent by the portrayal of the search for the two victims of Alpine climbing. The event has been handled with judgment, and the result is a series of pictures crammed with exciting and thrilling incidents, as the search party of Alpine guides and climbers steadfastly set themselves to the discovery. Their faces are so well defined that one almost experiences their sensations as, burdened with appliances necessary to the sad occasion, roped together, cutting steps and niches with their ice axes, they test nearly every foot of the way, in an ascent which occupied seven hours. The audience is fascinated by the hairbreadth escapes, and worked upon by the fear that further casualties will result. At one moment the guides are enveloped in a cloud of mist, which sweeps with irresistible force upon the flanks of the mountain; the pulse quickens, and every vein tingles as they fight through, and the impressive wildness and savage grandeur are most real, as Nature with such tremendous power shows man his smallness and impotence. The daring descent of a guide into a deep ravine is skillfully accomplished, as is the return to comparative safety after he has secured the objects of the search. The two enshrouded victims are reverently placed, one on a sledge, and the other in a hammock, and the perilous descent is begun. Eventually the difficulties are overcome, and the party with their burdens are seen to embark in two boats, which transport them to another side of the lake, lying like a sapphire between the snow-capped, pine-clad mountains, a scene of positively wonderful photography of a grand subject; the marvelous tapestry of form into which the trees are woven, the pellucid, mirroring waters of the lake, with the shadows well defined, and the beautiful stereoscopic effect of the whole, make the final scene one to be stored in the memory, to be dwelt upon again and again.... search for Catastrophe in the Alps on IMDb

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