Ski Mad World is developing into a real resource. It fills a niche I didn’t know existed: “the History of Skiing Geography.” MadPatSki’s recent post on the history of ski movies motivated me to investigate some of the story lines he alludes to in the piece.
Arnold Fanck was a pioneer in ski films. He began making documentary and action films after the end of World War I, shooting in remote mountain locations.
His movies were popular with German audiences and led to what are known as “mountain films,” a style that some see as the German equivalent of the US Western: a genre unique to the country.