Touching The Void Film Analysis

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YEAR: 2003

This documentary talks more about climbers. To start with, the journey started as a routine climb for two professional mountain climbers, but was quickly transformed into a disastrous ordeal that tested both climbers’ strength and mental fortitude. Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald created a documentary film touching the Void, which is based on a book written by Joe Simpson recapping the events of this historic climb. Upon viewing the film, I found myself not only viewing an inspiring story but being fully enthralled in a story of life and death. In this documentary film, Touching the Void, Macdonald’s focus on Joe’s emotional rollercoaster proves to be the main method in engaging viewers to a whole new level where one won’t only see an amazing mountain climbing journey but actually experience a story of human perseverance
This film shows that Joe, Simon, Richard commented on their journey while actors reenacted it. In this journey, Joe and Simon successfully make it to top of the Siula Grande with relatively no troubles. On the way down, however, Joe loses his grip on the face of the mountain and breaks his leg. Simon is then forced to lower Joe down one rope length at a time. This method works until Joe is accidentally hung in midair over an overhang, Simon has no choice but to cut the rope. Joe survives the fall. Joe is then forced to travel
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Kevin Macdonald uses audio and visual strategies in the film to fully engulf its viewers in the emotional rollercoaster the climber Joe Simpson goes through and furthermore uses the confessions and actions of Joe to inspire its viewers with a story of human perseverance.

Works Cited
Touching the Void. Dir. Kevin Macdonald. Perf. Brendan Mackey and Nicholas Aaron. IFC Films, 2003.

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