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Das blaue Licht

The Blue Light

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In an isolated mountain village in the Dolomites, the painter Vigo meets a young woman named Junta. She is ostracised by the superstitious villagers who consider her a witch. They believe that numerous young men, lured by Junta’s beauty, have followed her towards a mysterious blue light on Monte Cristallo and fallen to their deaths. Vigo wins the affection of the shy hermit. He moves into her hut and one night, he discovers her secret … For her directing debut, Leni Riefenstahl also wrote the script with critic Béla Balázs. The film was an outlier in two respects. Made not only outside of the established Berlin studio system, it was also something of a ‘chick flick’ within the mountain film genre – movies made by and with men, and heavy on athleticism and documentary-style images. The film was shot on location and used many non-professional actors from Italy’s Sarntal. Das blaue Licht renders a landscape of heart and soul, with the use of infrared-sensitive film stock providing unreal effects. Thus the portrayal of Junta, the outcast, fluctuates between fairy tale and horror film, and her sexuality between carefree delight and violent nightmare.

Leni Riefenstahl

Germany 1932


86’ · Black/White · 2K DCP

Theatrical Release Version 1932, digitally restored 2018

Rating R18


Leni Riefenstahl
Mathias Wieman
Max Holzboer
Beni Führer
Franz Maldacea
Martha Mair


Leni Riefenstahl
Leni Riefenstahl, Béla Balázs, loosely based on the novel “Bergkristall” (1930) by Gustav Renker
Hans Schneeberger
Camera Assistant
Heinz von Jaworsky
Leni Riefenstahl
Giuseppe Becce
Hans Bittmann
Set Construction
Leopold Blonder
Leni Riefenstahl, Henry Sokal

Produced by

L. R. Studio-Film GmbH / H. R. Sokal-Film GmbH

DCP: La Tresor Kreativhandel, München
Digital Restoration: Alpha Omegga digital, München