Scream Of Stone (1991)

WERNER HERZOG

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB

Original Title: Cerro Torre: Schrei aus Stein

Alternate Title: Cerro Torre Scream Of Stone

//////, 1991. , , , , Wildlife Films, Buenos Aires, Argentina, , , , , , , , .   Screenplay by , , English dialogue by , from an original idea by .   Cinematography by .   Produced by , , Walter Saxer.  Music by , , , Production Design by Costume Design by Film Editing by .

Werner Herzog takes his cameras to South America where creates a fictional story around a climb up the very real peak of Cerro Torre.  After a televised, indoor rock climbing contest results in victory for contestant , journalist accompanies him down to Patagonia where the athlete is challenged to perform an outdoor climb up one of the world’s most dangerous mountains against veteran climber .  An early, aborted attempt by the younger hothead to reach the peak claims the life of the climber’s companion, Glowacz telling his team that he did make it to the top but has no visual proof of having done it.  Mezzogiorno bows out and buys a local property while Sutherland brings in more media firepower (including producer ) to cover a second climb, while on the personal romantic front, Mezzogiorno’s girlfriend starts spending more time with his competitor.  It has all the makings of a great, sporty melodrama, but the characters are all wan and there’s none of the mad eccentricity that makes Herzog’s films so memorable.  The cinematography of the peak itself is stunning, but there’s only a few shots of impressive stunts while everything else looks staged and fake, hampered by a screenplay that slogs through its drama with little interest or inspiration.

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