Cinema: In Shiva's House

In the mythology of India, the Himalaya is the home of the gods. Shiva and Vishnu wander through the everlasting snows on the ridge of the world. Thus, when European expeditions trail off into the mountains of Nepal, Buddhist peasants assume that the strangers are going to look for heaven. Last week the film record of the two latest Himalayan expeditions, put on public view, showed heaven and hell interfused in some of the most terrifyingly beautiful pictures ever to move across a screen.

The Conquest of Everest (Countryman Films; United Artists) is a...

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