The Dark Glow of the Mountains

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The Dark Glow of the Mountains
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Messner at the summit of Gasherbrum II
Genre Documentary
Written by Werner Herzog
Directed by Werner Herzog
Narrated by Werner Herzog
Music by Popol Vuh
Country of origin West Germany
Original language(s) German
  • Werner Herzog
  • Manfred Nägele
Cinematography Rainer Klausmann
Editor(s) Maximiliane Mainka
Running time 45 min.
Production company(s)
Distributor Werner Herzog Filmproduktion
Original release April 3, 1985

The Dark Glow of the Mountains (Gasherbrum - Der Leuchtende Berg) is a TV documentary made in 1984 by German filmmaker Werner Herzog. It is about an expedition made by freestyle mountain climber Reinhold Messner and his partner Hans Kammerlander to climb Gasherbrum II and Gasherbrum I all in one trip without returning to base camp. The film is not so much concerned with showing the climb itself or giving guidelines on mountaineering, but seeks to reveal the inner motivation of the climbers.


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