15 Jun

Mountain – directed by Jennifer Peedom. Nature Documentary. 74 minutes Color 2018
The Story: Hold your breath!
To do what movie film only can do: to take me into people and worlds I would never approach.

Renan Ozturk, record-breaking mountain-climber, took much of the film. Zooming into and among declivities, cliffs, precipices, peaks, ranges, sierras, glaciers, avalanches, cascades that I would destroy myself to get near to, but relish to see, here, in the marvelous world of worlds we never knew were here.

What beauty! What glory! What perilous heights! And who are those lunatic goons leaping off of them in sails or goating up their flanks with their fingernails?

There’s a sort of mischief in their hopping from pinnacle to pinnacle with nothing below but cool, impartial air.

I witness with gratitude every instance of splendor. I am dumbstruck with thanks to watch the massive intricacies of a thousand feet of ice doing nothing but waiting there, not interested in me at all.

What keeps a mountain high? What urge, still in it, retains? What gigantic cause brought it into being. Where it remains as a dictatorial urge on the horizon of the imagination of humility.

For what can you do but succumb with wonder at the imperious style, the posture assumed, of a pinnacle!

To call the film beautiful is to diminish the meaning of the word to its cause in nature — mountains that arise within with thrills of longing, fraternity, and imperishable distance. Unconquerable they are! That’s why they lure.

And we see a number of folks venturing on them from one motive or another. But the mountains themselves undiscoverable, unscalable. And the scale of the film is designed to prove it and does prove it. You witness in this film, the inconceivable. Majesty over everything. Nothing darling is here. Only the exhilaration that ends in respect and the miracle that one has been spared.

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