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Feb 17, 2010 – New Film Reignites Messner Controversy

A new film on the controversial 1970 climb of the Rupal Face on Naga Parbat has come under heavy criticism by film critics, climbers and historians.

Feb 17, 2010 – New Film Reignites Messner Controversy

A new film on the controversial 1970 climb of the Rupal Face on Naga Parbat has come under heavy criticism by film critics, climbers and historians. The movie Nanga Parbat attempts to recreate the events leading to the death of Günther Messner after he and his brother Reinhold Messner summited Nanga Parbat. Reinhold has always claimed that Günther died in an avalanche during the descent but some of Reinhold’s critics accuse him of abandoning his altitude-sick brother. The film plays up this controversy with defamatory characterisation of many of the dead expedition members.

Steffen Kern of the German climbing magazine Klettern said the “the film is simply poor” while surviving member of the expedition Gerhard Baur, told the German website Spiegel that the film “is a constructed story, and is not the truth about Nanga Parbat … it is presented as if it were a documentary when it doesn’t reflect the facts…”

More details here.