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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 ... 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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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | Italian

Release Date:

8 May 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blue Light See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was a groundbreaking film at the time. It was a sound film shot all on location high in the mountains. Real mountain people were used as supporting players. See more »

Alternate Versions

Director Leni Riefenstahl recut and re-released a new version of the film in 1952. See more »

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Simple and sweet
12 September 2006 | by YxklyxSee all my reviews

First off, I'd like to point out that the silent and "sound" versions are the same movie (same images from start to end), except that the intertitles have been removed from the "sound" version and voices dubbed in (sorta like what they did with Chaplin's The Gold Rush in 1942, except that here the conversion works fine instead of being hellishly awful). The "sound" version has little background sound being mainly voices here and there - and there is little speaking anyway. More importantly though, on the DVD I rented, the picture quality of the silent version was atrocious while that of the "sound" version pristine. All that said this is a very simple and sweet fable, aspects of which reminded me of Picnic at Hanging Rock as well as some of Gus van Sant's latest movies. One of the best films from the early 30s.


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