Das Blaue Licht (The Blue Light)

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The Blue Light (Das Blaue Licht) is widely regarded as the best of the German "mountain" films of the early 1930s. Leni Riefenstahl both directed and starred in this film, playing a free-spirited gamine who dares to climb a precipitous mountain peak. Because she is the only member of her community to accomplish this, she is regarded as something of a witch. When she discovers a hidden crystal cave, the villagers change their tune and follow her up the mountain, stripping the cave of its riches. She responds to this symbolic rape by killing herself. It was The Blue Light which impressed Hitler and Goebbels enough to engage Leni Riefenstahl to direct the Nazi party's subsequent propaganda films. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Das Blaue Licht (The Blue Light)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

  • A summary of the story gives no adequate idea of the beauty of the action and the remarkable camera work, especially in connection with the light effects.

    Oct 30, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Riefenstahl's affirmation of the occult has a certain morbid interest, but it's as a performer, posing leggily atop cloudswept crags, that she most compels attention.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Bob Baker

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It provides a fascinating look at Riefenstahl's giddy, rhapsodic talents, as well as ideological clues about the sensibility that produced the most powerful Nazi propaganda.

    Jan 10, 2004 | Full Review…
  • Beautiful photography doesn't overcome silly story.

    Aug 18, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's the stylised beauty of [Riefenstahl's] direction that takes this simple moral fable on to a higher plane and landed her the post of Hitler's film-maker.

    Aug 18, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Notable only for glimpses of the young Leni.

    Aug 20, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Das Blaue Licht (The Blue Light)

  • Sep 24, 2016
    One of Hitler's favorite films was this well-photographed but harmless fable that doesn't offer much to compensate for how dull and silly it is - not to mention the obvious problem that arises from the fact that a blue light is the last thing that can be seen in a black-and-white movie.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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