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"Touching the Void" movie

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I just saw a preview for it. It looks interesting. And since it's a documentary and made with the participation of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, it will probably be a lot better that most mountaineering movies.

 

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Sounds cool... Is it slated for a mainstream release or do you basially have to drive to Banff to see it in a theatre?

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So I wonder how the story was modified to make it more palatable for a mass audience or is this more along the lines of an 'art film'?

 

I thought the idea behind the book was impressive but felt that the story was boring which isn't surprising for a personal narrative. It was difficult for me to engage in suspension of disbelief to get into the book. Maybe seeing the magic of film will make the story seem more alive than the book could do for me.

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Had a chance to preview the film...the story is compelling enough for me to have appreciated it and the book. Not a lot of climbing in the film, but great commentaries from Simon and Joe, and highly impactful story-telling (for me anyway, though I am sure any guy out there would classify me as "emotional.").

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It was difficult for me to engage in suspension of disbelief to get into the book.

confused.gif I was under the impression that the story was non-fiction. I guess my suspension of disbelief was pretty well set!

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Interesting comment Murray, I never really thought it was a "the fish was this big" tale. Based on the facts of the accident it seems like an epic worth telling, not like some of the Krakauer bs fed to the public on media silver plated spoons.

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Yeah, if Krak-head wrote the story, he would have villified Simpson for taking so long to crawl all that way and declared Yates a hero for being back at camp sleeping in his tent.

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But it's a true story as told by a climber, so keep your suspension handy - you never know when you might need it.

 

Awww...c'mon Murray. Climbers don't embellish at all when they're talking about their trips. cantfocus.gif

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I thought the idea behind the book was impressive but felt that the story was boring which isn't surprising for a personal narrative.
Hmm, to me it was one of the most compelling stories I have ever read. I guess everything is subjective.

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true, everything is subjective, but there are some things that most everyone agrees on, and i had assumed that the fascinating nature of this story would be one of them. the fact that it's been translated into 14 languages may back me up. speaking personally, Touching the Void is certainly the most captivating book i've read, and it's lost none of its impact over the years.

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But it's a true story as told by a climber, so keep your suspension handy - you never know when you might need it.

 

Touching the Void opens in Seattle on Jan 23 at the Egyptian Theater. Joe Simpson will be at REI on Jan 20 to debate Murray on the accuracy of his book.

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But it's a true story as told by a climber, so keep your suspension handy - you never know when you might need it.

 

Yes it's true. Joe made the whole thing up from start to finish. He horribly mangled his leg in a bar fight in Huraz and he and Yates subsequently made up the story in order to land a lucrative sponsorship deal with Gerber Knives Inc.

 

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I found the book damn inspiring. If I ever find myself busted up on a snow bridge in a crevasse I'm going to think about Joe Simpson and hopefully muster the will to get my ass out alive... as opposed to rolling into the void thinking 'damn, Simpson must have made it up, I can't get out of here alive."

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