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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.

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Mathias Wieman ... Vigo
Beni Führer ... Tonio
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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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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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Gorgeously shot, leisurely paced.
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Leni Riefenstahl, soon to become notorious as Hitler's favorite director, made her directorial debut with this vivid and beautiful film. It tells the tale of a mysterious blue light on top of a mountain that lures young men to their deaths. The only person who can reach it is a young outcast played by Riefenstahl herself. She is exquisitely beautiful - so much so that I am amazed Hollywood did not beckon.

It's all a bit Freudian and far too slow at times, but the photography is so sublime that it doesn't matter. Black and White has seldom looked so beautiful and the use of light is magnificent. Riefenstahl certainly knew how to film and light faces (including her own), a talent that would later enhance her propaganda films for the Nazis. This film is more than an historical curiosity - it is quite a work of art.


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