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The Blue Light (1932)

Das blaue Licht (original title)
When the moon is full, young men die attempting to reach the mysterious blue light in the mountains.

Directors:

Leni Riefenstahl, Béla Balázs (uncredited)

Writers:

Béla Balázs, Leni Riefenstahl (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Leni Riefenstahl ... Junta
Mathias Wieman Mathias Wieman ... Vigo
Beni Führer Beni Führer ... Tonio
Max Holzboer Max Holzboer ... Innkeeper
Martha Mair Martha Mair ... Lucia
Franz Maldacea Franz Maldacea ... Guzzi
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Junta is hated by the people in the village where she lives, especially by the women, who suspect her of being a witch. Only she can climb the nearby mountains to a cave high up, whence a mysterious blue light glows when the moon is full. Many young men of the village have died trying to follow her. She is driven out of town, and takes to living in the mountains. Eventually she shares the secret of the blue light with one man, and he betrays it. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | Italian

Release Date:

8 May 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Adolf Hitler counted this film among his favorites. It prompted him to ask director Leni Riefenstahl to shoot _Triumph des Willens (1934)_, the famous documentary of the Sixth Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg. See more »

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Featured in Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood: End of an Era (1995) See more »

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Sensual, atmospheric, mysterious.
27 March 2004 | by Ben ParkerSee all my reviews

Leni Riefenstahl's directorial debut (she had been a widely recognised and praised dancer in the 20's and gone on to be one of the most well known silent movie stars, working with Arnold Fanck and G W Pabst on a series of mountain films). Here she shows that magnificent eye exciting visuals probably attainted while shooting up in the mountains with Fanck, and which would go on to make Triumph of the Will the most stunning, famous propaganda film of all time, and Olympia, her film of the 1936 Berlin Olympics the single most famous (and incredible visually) sports documentary of all time.

In The Blue Light you will find some of the most stunning visuals in early sound cinema, a gorgeous score and the magnetic, sensual screen presence of Leni herself in the lead role of Junta, the outcast who lives among the crystals in a mountain high above a fairytale village. It is a delight to watch, and one of the great treasures of early sound cinema, in my opinion (though the best things in it have more in common with the dancelike visual grace of the silent screen, than the stagey, wordy early talkies from Hollywood).


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