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Der Kampf ums Matterhorn

Fight for the Matterhorn

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Anton Carrel is a mountain guide in Italy’s Breuil and dreams of being the first to reach the top of the Matterhorn. He gets his chance when English climber Edward Whymper hires him as a guide. Carrel agrees although his envious stepbrother convinces him that Whymper has eyes for the Italian’s wife. The joint expedition fails, but Carrel saves the Englishman’s life and they go their separate ways as friends. Years later, their fates are once again entwined as they compete to reach the summit. Whymper wins the race, but on July 14, 1865, on the way down, four members of his team fall to their deaths … The film is an Alpine thriller that supplements historical events with a jealousy subplot and a legal coda. Neither the original negative nor a contemporary print, nor the censor’s certificate of the German theatrical release version has survived. The key source materials for the reconstruction were prints of the French and Czech export versions, as well as fragments of a 16 mm print from the 1930s. The missing German title cards were reconstructed using the censor’s certificate of that 16 mm re-release version.

Mario Bonnard
Nunzio Malasomma

Germany 1928

German intertitles

117’ · Black/White · 4K DCP

Digitally Restored Version 2016


Luis Trenker
Marcella Albani
Alexandra Schmitt
Clifford McLaglen
Peter Voss
Paul Graetz
Johanna Ewald
Hannes Schneider
Ernst Petersen
Hugo Lehner


Mario Bonnard, Nunzio Malasomma
Arnold Fanck, Nunzio Malasomma, based on the novel “Der Kampf ums Matterhorn” (1928) by Carl Haensel
Sepp Allgeier, Willy Winterstein
Set Construction
Heinrich Richter
Arthur Hohenberg

Produced by

Hom-Film GmbH

DCP: Deutsches Filminstitut, Frankfurt am Main