The Dead Mountaineer Hotel (Hukkunud Alpinisti' hotell) (Estonian Sci-Fi English Subtitles 1979)
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Uploaded on Jan 3, 2012
Note: This is the Russian dubbed version of the film, the original dialogue was in Estonian, thanks to indrekparli for mentioning in as well, in the comments section.
In 1979, two Soviet science-fiction films were released, both of the screenplays (and the original novels upon which they were based) were written by the legendary Russian science-fiction authors and brothers Boris and the late Arkadiy Strugatskiy. The first, 'Stalker', directed by the most well known Russian director, the late Andrey Tarkovskiy, has become legendary and most serious film aficionados have seen it (I first saw it as a very young teenager in the early 80s on Channel 4 in the UK, clandestinely viewing it on a tiny black and white portable and for me it was the celluloid equivalent of being poked in the third eye with a freaky cosmic Zen master's stick).
The second film 'Hukkunud Alpinisti' hotell', roughly translated as 'The Dead Mountaineer Hotel' was made in Estonia and directed by the late Estonian director Grigori Kromanov (aside from a couple of animations and shorts it was the only Estonian sci-fi film of the communist era I think) and seems to have sank down the Soviet memory hole without many traces left (as far as I know, no official DVD has ever been released and this is the best TV rip you are going to find).
The film is the story of police officer in a sparsely populated hotel in the Alps. After the hotel is cut off from the outside world by an avalanche, strange things begin to happen, some of the guests are not at all what they at first appear to be and the uncanny alien Other begins to emerge all around him.
This film really deserves far more attention than it currently enjoys and one bizarre thing I have just read that may change things is the fact the story has been used in a very recent on-line video game with the same title 'Dead Mountaineer's Hotel' which you can check out here:
The music by Estonian artist Sven Grünberg is incredible, especially when you realise he was only 23 when he composed the soundtrack. The music was released in 2001 as a 3 CD package by the Estonian label 'hyper records' and is titled 'Hukkunud-Alpinisti-Hotel' (five songs from the soundtrack appear on the CD, the rest of the tracks cover the period 1982-1989 and is well worth getting).
Many thanks to my online Russian friend Birubir for providing the original rip and hard-coded subtitles, all your hard work is very appreciated and I hope more people can benefit from your time and generosity.
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