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    • Japan 
    • Color
    • 73 min 

    An NHK Crew set out to brign the spectacular vies of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, to audience by making the first-ever televised ascent. Carrying a high-definition TV camera, they spent a month climbing from base camp to the summit with Sherpa guides. The crew shot awe-inspiring scenes in the harsh conditions of th death zone - the area above 8,000 metres, where there is only one third of the oxygen that exists at sea level. The HD pictures give viewers a chance to share the exhilaration of standing at the highest point on the planet.

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    • USA 
    • B/W sound
    • 49 min 

    Perilous Assignment originally aired on November 6th, 1959 on the TV series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color. After Walt’s introduction, we were introduced to Gaston Rebuffat, a French mountain guide. In those days it was very uncommon for an outsider to become an official guide of the Alps. That speaks to how talented he was. He would go on to serve as Mountain’s guide and second-unit director. Assignment was promoted as an in-depth study of the art of mountain climbing, but some felt it was more of an hour-long commercial for the soon-to-be-released Mountain. I felt it was a little bit of both. Sure they threw in some behind the scenes footage of the filming of the movie, but there were also a few pretty detailed lessons on how to properly scale a mountain. In fact I will have to steal the tag line from Mountain’s promotional poster and say the climbing footage was BREATHTAKING. Some of the maneuvers Rebuffat performed were simply amazing, as he was accompanied by his much less-skilled yet determined companion, Maurice.

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