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The Mountaineers (1924)

Der Berg des Schicksals (original title)
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Credited cast:
Hannes Schneider Hannes Schneider ... Bergsteiger
Frida Richard Frida Richard ... Mutter des Bergsteigers
Erna Morena ... Frau des Bergsteigers
Luis Trenker ... Sohn des Bergsteigers
Gustav Oberg Gustav Oberg ... Freund des Bergsteigers
Hertha von Walther Hertha von Walther ... Hella, Tochter des Bergsteigers
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Werner Schaarschmidt Werner Schaarschmidt ... Unbekannter Kletterer
H. von Hoeslin H. von Hoeslin ... Unbekannter Kletterer
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Country:

Switzerland | Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

12 June 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mountain of Destiny See more »

Filming Locations:

Dolomites, Italy

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1.33 : 1
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According to her biography by Stephen Bach, in 1924 while waiting for a train to take her to a doctor's appointment, 22 year-old Leni Riefenstahl spotted a poster for this film on the wall. She stared at it for so long that she missed her train and went to see the movie rather than her doctor. The film so mesmerized her that it inspired her to get into films. Later she became the lover of the film's star Luis Trenker and made many films under the direction of this film's director Arnold Fanck. See more »

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Edited into The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (1993) See more »

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This movie inspired Leni Riefenstahl to get into a movie career
10 February 2005 | by FreycinetSee all my reviews

This film is not very interesting or important in its own right. However, it was the movie which inspired Leni Riefenstahl to get into film-making.

She was a dancer in the early twenties and her eye was caught one day by a movie poster in a train station. She missed the train but saw the movie: "Berg des schicksals" (Mountain of Destiny). The scenes which particularly inspired her were scenes of dramatic cliffs and mountains in silhouette, with mountaineers braving the void as they climbed them. Riefenstahl contacted the main actor and Fanck, the director, and completely charmed them. Fanck wrote the script for his next movie around Leni, and her acting career took off.

The story is told in the interesting documentary "The wonderful horrible life of Leni Riefenstahl" from 1993.

So, a rather humdrum "mountain movie" with mainly beautiful scenery, but one which has its place in film history.


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