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As the ascent of three Eiffel towers

As a movie is 100 minutes long to a single large climb, it gains even won the Oscar as best documentary. An Element that would have to be a climbing film, but duty is missing: the Cliffhanger. In the case of the "Free Solo", but it is good that this voltage peak is missing, that Alex Honnold depends in no Moment so dramatically in only one Hand over the abyss, as Sylvester Stallone in front of the eighth. Because Honnold is not a movie star with a stunt double, and backup power. But one of the world's best climbers. If he climbs up, pushes the audience, there is no Popcorn in the mouth. But keeps the air.

On the tracks of the extremely climber: "Free Solo". Video: YouTube/National Geographic

Because he Honnold accompanied with a crazy project: The 33-year-old Americans want to climb the rock wall of El Capitan in California's Yosemite national Park is a "free solo". Say: without a rope, without a backup. Just with hands and feet to climb is almost a kilometre high, vertical wall. The viewers brain threatens already overburdened suspend. How high is 1000 meters in front of the inner eye? Almost exactly three stacked Eiffel towers.

Makes the comparison of the project for the brain accountable? Not really. The filmmaker-couple Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin is aware of this and portioned therefore, the wall for the audience in morsels of a Size, which is also for Non-climbers to digest. We rise Time and again with Honnold in the wall, accompany him as he climbs up the key, still roped in, as he questioned and solutions found.

Impressive, Yes scary pictures from the creation process of the film "Free Solo": "Free Solo 360" shows the all-round visibility. Video: YouTube/National Geographic

At the end, we believe to know almost how to defeat El Capitan, so much so, we have shapes us, the individual handles. It's just that the audience in the chair, not the life depends on whether he can catch the brow of the hill.

Why does any of this? The Film attempts to provide explanations, but it hangs when trying, because this proximity is at the proverbial abyss hardly sober to explain. It is clear, however: Honnold has a longing, not death, but a Craving for this challenge, he can't brake or wants. At least it is clear where this comes: As a boy he was shy, to climbing to raise partner. So he overcame the walls alone.

Le Paris / Piccadilly

(Züritipp)

Created: 10.04.2019, 14:40 PM

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