Scream of Stone

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Scream of Stone
Scream of Stone FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byWerner Herzog
Produced byWalter Saxer
Henri Lange
Richard Sadler
Written byHans-Ulrich Klenner
Walter Saxer
Robert Geoffrion
StarringVittorio Mezzogiorno
Stefan Glowacz
Mathilda May
Donald Sutherland
Brad Dourif
Al Waxman
Chavela Vargas
Hans Kammerlander
Volker Prechtel
CinematographyRainer Klausmann
Edited bySuzanne Baron
Release date
Running time
105 minutes

Scream of Stone (German: Cerro Torre: Schrei aus Stein) is a 1991 film directed by Werner Herzog about a climbing expedition on Cerro Torre. The film was shot on location at Cerro Torre, with several scenes filmed close to the summit.

The script was written principally by longtime Herzog production manager Walter Saxer, based on an idea from mountaineer Reinhold Messner, who Herzog had worked with in his documentary The Dark Glow of the Mountains. Herzog, who usually writes his own screenplays, believes that the script was weak, especially the dialogue, and says that he does not consider Scream of Stone to be his film.[1]

The movie has elements drawn from the history of the supposed first conquest of the summit of Cerro Torre in 1959, by the Italian climber Cesare Maestri and his partner, the Austrian Toni Egger, who died during the descent.


  1. ^ Herzog, Werner (2001). Herzog on Herzog. Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-20708-1.

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