The Holy Mountain

Overview

Leni Riefenstahl made her film debut in this "mountain film" by writer/director Arnold Fanck, and went on to appear in five more under his direction. In Der Heilige Berg she plays the professional dancer Diotima who finds herself the apex of a love triangle when she is pursued by two mountain climbers, Vigo (Ernst Petersen) and his unnamed older friend (Luis Trenker). Diotima is drawn to the elder climber but can't refrain from encouraging Vigo's attentions as well in a spirited skiing session. She has a moment ...
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Overview

Leni Riefenstahl made her film debut in this "mountain film" by writer/director Arnold Fanck, and went on to appear in five more under his direction. In Der Heilige Berg she plays the professional dancer Diotima who finds herself the apex of a love triangle when she is pursued by two mountain climbers, Vigo (Ernst Petersen) and his unnamed older friend (Luis Trenker). Diotima is drawn to the elder climber but can't refrain from encouraging Vigo's attentions as well in a spirited skiing session. She has a moment of intimacy with Vigo, and when the friend sees them together he angrily challenges Vigo to a dangerous climbing tour. During the trek he causes Vigo to fall but repents and rescues him. Both men, however, soon become lost in the mountains, and they perish before Diotima and the rescue team can reach them.
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Special Features

Interview footage of Leni Reifenstahl and co-star Louis Trenker (excerpted from the documentary The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2003
  • UPC: 738329030728
  • Original Release: 1926
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kino Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: silent
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 62,054

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leni Riefenstahl Diotima
Luis Trenker Vigo’s Friend
Ernst Petersen Vigo
Technical Credits
Arnold Fanck Director, Cinematographer, Screenwriter
Sepp Allgeier Cinematographer
Leopold Blonder Set Decoration/Design
Helmar Lerski Cinematographer
Hans Schneeberger Cinematographer, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles [8:59]
2. Two Friends From the Mountain [5:53]
3. After the Performance [5:19]
4. Diotima's Ascent [11:28]
5. At His Home [6:07]
6. Winter Sports [8:23]
7. The Long-Distance Run [10:01]
8. The Finish Line [2:16]
9. The Dreadful North Face [5:54]
10. An Imposing Challenge [9:07]
11. Turmoil! [7:07]
12. A Plea for Help [4:40]
13. The Deed [4:23]
14. The Rescue Patrol [5:29]
15. His World [5:06]
16. The Message [5:06]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Start Film
   Scene Selection
   Bonus
      An Excerpt From The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl: Play Clip
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