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BERGE IN FLAMMEN (Mountains on Fire) (1931) * with switchable English subtitles *

Luis Trenker, Lissy Arna and Luigi Serventi


Two of Germany's best and busiest directors collaborated on Berge in Flammen (Mountain in Flames).  The storyline should be of interest to pro-ecologists, inasmuch as the directors take to task the warmongers of the world for despoiling the natural beauties of the European mountain ranges with their shell-fire.  The final outrage occurs during a battle between the Austrians and the Italians in the Dolomites, culminating with the destruction of an entire mountain (hence the film's title).  The harrowing images on screen were complemented perfectly by the musical score of Giuseppe Beece.  Also known as The Doomed Batallion, Berge in Flammen was filmed in three different languages -- German, English, French -- for a total cost of $150,000.

Luis Trenkers Debüt als Regisseur: Der Österreicher Florian Dimai und der Italiener Graf Arthur Franchini, beide Bergführer, sind seit Jahren gut befreundet. Als Italien 1915 in den Ersten Weltkrieg eintritt, stehen sich die zwei als Feinde gegenüber. Während Dimai mit seinen Leuten den Dolomitengipfel Col Alto verteidigt, hat Franchini den Befehl, den Berg zu nehmen. Die Italiener versuchen, den Col Alto in die Luft zu sprengen, doch Dimai gelingt es, seine Kameraden zu retten und den Berg zu halten. Als der Krieg zu Ende ist, treffen Dimai und Franchini sich wieder. Ihre Freundschaft hat den Krieg überlebt.

DVD-R is in German with switchable English subtitles. Approx. 94 mins. See film sample for video and audio quality!

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Wow!, 10/27/2017 9:55 AM
Incredible film! One of the best war movies ever made. Focuses on small unit actions in alps between Austria and Italy during the great war. Since we're out of film ideas, this one should be remade! As always, subtitles were prima.
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