Unlike Everest or other less technically-demanding high mountains, Annapurna is also seen by professional climbers as a "pure" mountain unsullied by alpine tourism.
Annapurna is a site of important turning points in the gendered nature of this transition in these expedition narratives: Herzog's Annapurna: The First Conquest of an 8000-metre Peak (1952), Arlene Blum's account of the first all-women's expedition to summit an 8000-metre mountain, Annapurna: A Woman's Place (1980), Sir Chris Bonnington's account of the first big-wall alpine climb in 1970 called Annapurna South Face (1971; 2001), and Reinhold Messner's history of Annapurna climbs (2000).
As the origin for so many heroic narratives about mountaineering and the inspiration for many people who went on to become mountaineers themselves, Maurice Herzog's text Annapurna is also the first text where unvoiced concerns about masculinity, nationalism, and heroism appear in extended discussions about proper style and leadership, and where "unmanliness" becomes part of mountain masculinity.
In Sanskrit Annapurna is an incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, who fills the world with food; in Hollywood, the name evokes much-needed financial nourishment supplied to the industry by producer-financier Megan Ellison.
Annapurna is said to have a number of other films in the works that have not yet been announced, but may, in fact, be further along than already hyped projects such as the Julian Assange biopic or Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jonze's political satire, both in development.