Das Blaue Licht


Time Out says

A majestic waterfall cascading down a rugged mountainside, a horse grazing in the clearing of a sun-dappled forest: cliché prose for cliché images, as Riefenstahl indulges her taste for wildly idealised Nature. She plays Junta, the outcast of the Dolomites, shunned by the locals as a witch, her only friends a boy goatherd and a visiting artist. She communes mystically with a crystal grotto, source of the Blue Light, associated with truth and purity. At least until the villagers desecrate it, prompting her to check out. Riefenstahl's affirmation of the occult has a certain morbid interest, but it's as a performer, posing leggily atop cloudswept crags, that she most compels attention - though a certain Thatcher-esque cast to her features is hard to rise above, once you've spotted it.


Release details

72 mins

Cast and crew

Leni Riefenstahl
Leni Riefenstahl, Bela Balazs
Leni Riefenstahl
Mathias Wieman
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