Scream of Stone

on September 01, 1991 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
   German director Werner Herzog continues his explorations into man vs. nature with this pallid, cliched story of two men and their attempts to climb to the top of the Cerro Torre, a 3,000-meter-high mountain in southern Patagonia, Argentina. ³Scream of Stone² is one of those international co-productions (Canada-Germany-France) that is muddied by being filmed in English.
   The actors aren't comfortable with their roles or dialogue, and Herzog's vaunted, passionate film style is strangely muted here, despite the commanding, majestic shots of the landscape. Like the team behind ³Twister,² this movie's makers have forgotten to include a compelling narrative to accompany their dazzling visuals. Directed by Werner Herzog. A Roxie release. Drama. Unrated. Running time: 96 min.
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