Screening & Live Event
The Man Who Skied Down Everest

Part of 'Scope Docs: The Wild World in Widescreen
Saturday, November 2, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater

With introduction by guest curator Jason Kohn

Dirs. Bruce Nyznik, Lawrence Schiller. 1975, 86 mins. Archival 35mm print preserved by the Academy Film Archive. Starting from 27,000 feet above sea level, alpinist Yuichiro Miura attempts to descend, by skis and parachute, the world’s tallest mountain. Inspired by a half-joking remark to Sir Edmund Hillary, Canadian filmmaker F.R. Crawley’s Oscar-winning production follows the preparation and final execution of Miura’s death-inviting feat via a ravishingly immersive widescreen approach courtesy of D.P. Mitsuji Kanau. A matter of fact voiceover now and then grounds the proceedings in the presentational conventions of its era, but the hypnotic imagery lifts things to giddily entrancing heights, enlisting the audience in Miura’s own obsessed imaginings.
Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above). Order tickets online.(Members may contact [email protected] with questions regarding online reservations.)

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