Free Solo

Free Solo

DVD - 2019 | Widescreen version
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Despite attempts by his friends, loved ones and his new girlfriend to dissuade him from this dangerous feat, Alex Honnold, the worlds most accomplished free soloist climber, prepares mentally and physically for his most daring adventure to date: scaling the 3200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite without a rope or safety gear. If he succeeds, it will mark the largest wall he, or anyone else, for that matter, has ascended without any kind of equipment.
Publisher: [Washington, DC] : National Geographic, [2019]
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: 796.522092 F
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Oscar winner for Best Documentary, directed by wife/husband filmmakers Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin (a professional climber as well), this film chronicles rock climber Alex Honnold on his endeavor to free solo climb El Capitan in June 2017. The visuals are stunning and often heart sto... Read More »

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May 10, 2019

I like the fact that they went into his past but stayed in his present. It does take a special person to have the ability to do this but most of us would say, Why?

May 08, 2019

Need to correct any earlier comment: "“Free solo” means to climb alone without the aid of any ropes, harnesses, or protective equipment."
The above is the definition for // Free climbing \\ while free solo indicates a free climb on an equipment-rated climb, meaning much greater difficulty and mortal danger.

May 03, 2019

Incredible athletic feat. Fantastic film work. Filmmakers don't dodge the big ethical questions about documenting something with a high likelihood of tragedy.

May 01, 2019

Excellent, thought provoking film. Well worthy of the Oscar that it won! The cinematography was amazing. I will follow this young mans further climbing exploits for sure.

IndyPL_MoiraD Apr 24, 2019

Are you ready to have your mind blown? Then grab the edge of your seat and get ready to stay there while you watch climber Alex Honnord attempt the first free solo climb of El Capitan’s vertical rock face in Yosemite National Park. “Free solo” means to climb alone without the aid of any ropes, harnesses, or protective equipment. You’d have to be crazy, right? This documentary explores Honnord’s personality and even shows him getting scans of his brain to find out why someone would be driven to do something so risky. Viewers also see his relationships with the camera crew and his girlfriend, both of whom could lose him with the tiniest misstep. It’s intense. And I’d watch it again. From the comfort and safety of my own living room.

ArapahoeJillA Apr 05, 2019

This movie is super intense, has wonderful cinematography, and a main character who does things I would never consider doing in my lifetime. It kept me anxious throughout and left me wondering what Alex will do next (and if someone will film that too).

Apr 01, 2019

Talk about on the edge of your seat!! The climber at the heart of this movie is not wired like most (or any) people and that's in part what makes it so fascinating. The cinematography is terrific, but it's the human story (why does he do what he does) and the death-defying odds that drive the film.
I was rooting for RBG to win Best Documentary Oscar, but this movie is worthy of that honor as well.

Mar 25, 2019

Climbing a 3200 foot rock wall without any rope or safety equipment. One mistake and you're finished. I can't even imagine trying it.

Mar 05, 2019

Such beautiful cinematography, and intense! Loved this love story.


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