This documentary goes on location in the Austrian Alps for the filming of the movie Where Eagles Dare (1968) starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. Nazi era Austria during WWII is recreated which evokes strong emotion among the current residents, many of whom are extras in the movie. It is a difficult shoot - almost considered impossible - if only because of the harsh winter weather and the rugged terrain of the Alps. Planning the scenes are important because often only one take is possible. To some of the filmmakers, it almost feels like they are war planning. The movie itself has special meaning for one of its stars, German Ingrid Pitt, since she is a recent escapee of East Germany.Written by
Though I have seen Where Eagles Dare numerous times I saw this program for the very first time last night. It was an excellent insight into the making of the film on location near Saltzburg(?).
I could probably quote the main film word for word, but it was really nice to get the perspective from the actors actually on location.
Plus it is all too easy with films to believe that the set is mocked up from a few bits of timber and plywood. Whilst those elements did play a small part in the main film (as they had to), it was great seeing the real town pretty much as it was portrayed in the film. Some useful long shots of the castle showing that it had features which weren't actually in the film.
With respect to the castle I believe it has been up there for a long time. Seeing as they didn't have helicopters in those days they must have dragged a lot of the building material up the cliff face. Now if I could live in a house like that I might just be able to keep clear of those pesky door-to-door salesmen.....
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