Un puissant et fascinant hymne à la nature, que ce soit le tumulte de l'onde ou la dureté de la roche par un metteur en scène passé maître dans l'appréhension de la montagne, et accessoirement un témoignage de l'indéfectible solidarité des alpinistes... www.cinefiches.com
Incredible visuals and impressive scenes make The Holy Mountain a must see from the silent era. Leni Riefenstahl, despite later becoming a propagandist for the Nazi Regime, is great as the dancer, Diotima, searching for her true love in the mountains. Luis Trenker and Ernst Petersen play friends and unknowing competitors for Diotima's affection. The two also complete some incredible mountaineering. A must watch.
As a dancer Leni makes a really good director. Having said that 'The Holy Mountain' stands as a good representation of the German alpine genre with a fair story and top notch production values for the time period. Some very striking scenes and shots that almost compensate for the weak love triangle. The over emoting and lack of dancing skill are a little much to take at times but the mountain excels.
Leni Riefenstahl is regrettably forever embedded in the minds of cinephiles as the favorite director of Third Reich propaganda film. However, this negative attribution must be submerged temporarily as one watches this true masterpiece of Silent film. Riefenstahl was a magnificent dancer too. A testament to the (literal) heights actors are willing to attain to achieve majestic film-making. Holy Mountain has no equal.
Beautiful. Mountain Films were a fabulous genre of German silent cinema, and Leni Riefenstahl was the undisputed queen of them. Actor, dancer, mountaineer and film maker, she is unfortunately remembered most as hitler's film maker, which pretty much ended her career. But she vehemently denied being a nazi, saying that she simply wanted to continue making films. I will remember her for this, and THE BLUE LIGHT.