The Holy Mountain (1926)





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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. ~ Nicole Gagne, Rovi
Art House & International , Classics , Drama
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Critic Reviews for The Holy Mountain

All Critics (2)

The Alps retain their majesty all the better with Fanck's framing.

Full Review… | June 7, 2006
Old School Reviews

'Why is nature so beautiful to us?' a dancer (Leni Riefenstahl) asks; it's a question we still ponder, which is one reason the film continues to awe...

September 22, 2003
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for The Holy Mountain

This was filmed in 1926! What a beauty!!! It is art. The alps are majestic, and this film captures their power and their essence. Oh and notice how the expressions the actors make easily allow you to know what they're conveying without words.

Katie  Lerchen
Katie Lerchen

Watching this movie requires both a strong stomach and an open mind. This isn't exactly the most accessible film out there. This movie has to be watched all the way through in order to fully appreciate, otherwise you'll be left with a thoroughly molested brain and a difficulty in holding your lunch in.

Ryan Gordils
Ryan Gordils

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