Struggle for the Matterhorn

Struggle for the Matterhorn (German: Der Kampf ums Matterhorn) is a 1928 German-Swiss silent drama film co-directed by Mario Bonnard and Nunzio Malasomma and starring Luis Trenker, Marcella Albani, and Alexandra Schmitt. The film is part of the popular cycle of mountain films of the 1920s and 1930s.[1] Art direction was by Heinrich Richter. Based on a novel by Carl Haensel, the film depicts the battle between British and Italian climbers to be the first to climb the Matterhorn. Trenker later remade the film as The Challenge in 1938.

Struggle for the Matterhorn
German theatrical release poster
Directed by
Written by
Based onDer Kampf ums Matterhorn
by Carl Haensel
  • Cinéfilm AG
  • Hom-AG für Filmfabrikation
Distributed byUniversum Film AG
Release date
  • 27 November 1928 (1928-11-27) (Switzerland)
  • 3 December 1928 (1928-12-03) (Germany)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryGermany, Switzerland

It was shot at the Johannisthal Studios in Berlin and on location in Switzerland.




  1. Hoffmann p. 128.


  • Hoffmann, Hilmar. The Triumph of Propaganda: Film and National Socialism, 1933–1945, Volume 1. Berghahn Books, 1997.
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