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Aro Recommended Der Heilige Berg

 

aka: The Holy Mountain
Germany 1926, 106 minutes
Dir. Arnold Fanck
Rating: [PG]
Genres: Classics, Action/Adventure / Silent Cinema

 

Aroview: One of the landmark films of German Cinema, this is chiefly remembered as the awesome debut of Leni Riefenstahl who later became chief filmmaker for Adolf Hitler.

Riefenstahl plays a dancer trapped in a love triangle between two alpine explorers, which culminates in some brilliant location footage of skiing and death-defying mountaineering - no paper-mache sets here! Visually, the expressionist compositions begin to verge into a sublime and romantic vision of natural splendour, a vision remaining somewhat at odds with the melodramatic storyline.

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DVD Features

Includes the 1993 documentary THE WONDERFUL HORRIBLE LIFE OF LENI RIEFENSTAHL.

  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • aspect ratio: 4:3 (original academy)
  • 2-disc set
 

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