A group of German infantrymen of the First World War live out their lives in the trenches of France. They find brief entertainment and relief in a village behind the lines, but primarily ... See full summary »
Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Thymiane is a beautiful young girl who is not having a storybook life. Her governess, Elizabeth, is thrown out of her home when she is pregnant, only to be later found drowned. That same ... See full summary »
The dancer, Diotima, meets an engineer and skier, Karl, in his cottage in the mountains where they fall in love and have an affair. When Karl's young friend, Vigo, meets her she gives him ... See full summary »
In the Mont Blanc Observatory works Hannes. The only contact to the outside world is a pilot and Hella over the morse-code-radio. As Hella climbs the mountain with her father, the father ... See full summary »
A single woman in her early thirties, Martha (Margit Carstensen) is on vacation with her father in Rome when he has a heart attack and falls down dead. She reacts rather indifferently and ... See full summary »
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Due to the film's success in Germany, a sound version dubbed in English was released internationally in 1930. Four years later, a sound version was released in Germany and shorted by 45 minutes. See more »
At around 53-54 minutes Dr. Johannes Krafft's ice axe appears and disappears between shots. See more »
I'd score this higher if it wasn't like so many of Riefenstahl's other films.
If you don't know the context for this film, it's pretty easy to be impressed by this film because of its technical prowess. After all, it was an amazing commitment to the film makers to trek up[ into the Alps to make this film and the cinematography is great. However, if you've seen Leni Riefenstahl's pre-Hitler sponsored films, you'd know that this is exactly the sort of film she made again and again...and again. While this actress never made that many films (as an actress, she was only in 11 movies), I have seen four in which the film is set in the mountains--with very, very, very similar plots. And, when I checked, I saw that at least three more of her films were show and mountain films!!! And so, when you see them you have a strong feeling of déjà vu--and the films become incredibly boring with their sameness. And, to top it off, once again Ernst Udet is in the film to demonstrate his considerable skills as an aviator (before ultimately becoming the head of Hitler's Luftwaffe).
Because the plot is basically the same at her other films, though STILL a good silent movie, I score this one a 6. It's good but hardly important for the average film goer to see. I got completely bored watching it--but if you haven't seen her other snow and mountain films, you are sure to be impressed.
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