Climbing and Shooting

Ascensione al Dente del Gigante
R / K: Mario Piacenza. P: Itala Film. It 1911

“Mario Piacenza was an industrialist, a mountain lover and also a camera operator, for the love of it. In 1911 he climbed, with some partners, the Dent du Géant, carrying his film camera. The shootings, never showed to the public and probably never edited before the restoration, are really spectacular. The film documents the ascent of the Dent du Géant (mountain in the Mont Blanc massif). The great ability of Mario Piacenza (April 1884 – Biella, April 16, 1957), together with the particular mountain shape, generate a highly spectacular shooting.
The video is a copy from the film print restored copy by the Museo Nazionale del Cinema collaboration with the Fondazione Piacenza and the Museo della Montagna of Turin in 2013.”
Museo Nazionale del Cinema

Ascensione al Cervino
R / K: Mario Piacenza. P: Itala Film. It 1911/1912

“In 1911 Mario Piacenza climbed the top of Mount Cervino with some partners. Apart from the back pack, he was carrying the film camera and the tripod. Considering the conditions of the shots, the quality of the images is incredibile. Ascensione al Cervino was restored by Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino from a tinted nitrate positive, a nitrate negative and a triacetate duplicate, held by the Museum. Fondazione Piacenza di Pollone and the Museo Nazionale della Montagna Duca degli Abruzzi in Torino contributed to the researches.”
Museo Nazionale del Cinema

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