Monday, April 13, 2015
"A Symphony of Summits: The Alps from Above" should be in IMAX and in science museums
“A Symphony of Summits: The Alps from Above” (2013), directed by Peter Bardehle and Sebastian Linemann, really should be an IMAX-3D movie for science museums, but then it would be about half length, which would be about right. The film is narrated by Udo Wachtveitl.
As implied, the film shows the Alps, from Bavaria to northern Italy, with an emphasis on Switzerland and Austria. The mountains are much more jagged than I had thought, having been formed by tectonic plates coming together. The ridge crests are narrower than in most mountains in western US.
The film does concentrate somewhat on the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc (the highest) and Mt. Eiger.
The movie does spend some time on the gradual loss of glaciers in the summer, presumably because of climate change, which could jeopardize the water supplies of mountain communities in Europe.
The film shows some spectacular skiing and bungee activity (near dams), as well as mountain biking.
The official site is here (Strand Releasing). The word order in the title is reversible; it is also called "The Alps from Above: A Symphony of Summits".
Wikipedia attribution link for photo by Allesandro Borgnono of Mont Blanc glacier. under Creative Commons Share Alike 3.0 license.
Maybe some of the material in this film could be extracted for an IMAX film on climate change, with particular attention to glacier loss, which is also happening in the Andes.