The Holy Mountain [Der heilige Berg] (Blu-ray)

Director: Arnold Fanck

Stars: Leni Riefenstahl

1926 Germany

Drama Silent Movie




  • Country: Germany
  • Language: German
  • Year: 1926
  • Runtime: 109
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Colour: Black & White
  • Certificate: U
  • Subtitles: Original German intertitles with optional English subtitles
  • Genre: Drama
  • SKU: EKA70341
  • 1 Disc
  • Release Date: Jun 17, 2019
Region: B


German filmmaker Arnold Fanck made this beautifully photographed Bergfilm, or ‘mountain film’, in 1926. Written in three days and nights – especially for Leni Riefenstahl – The Holy Mountain took over a year to film in the Alps with an entourage of expert skiers and climbers.

Ostensibly a love triangle romance – between Riefenstahl’s young dancer and the two explorers she encounters – Fanck relishes the glorious Alpine landscape by filming death-defying climbing, avalanche dodging, and frenetic downhill ski racing. 

Digitally restored in 2K, The Holy Mountain is a visual feast – and a fascinating look at the origin of a genre. The Masters of Cinema Series is very proud to present this landmark film in its UK debut on Blu-ray. 


  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray, from a 2014 2K digital restoration
  • Score by Aljoscha Zimmerman, available in both LPCM 2.0 and DTS-HD MA 5.1
  • Original German intertitles with optional English subtitles
  • The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl [180 mins] – Ray Müller’s definitive documentary on the life and career of Leni Reifenstahl.
  • Feature Length Audio Commentary by film historian Travis Crawford
  • PLUS: a collector’s booklet featuring a new essay by critic and film historian Kat Ellinger, and a 2004 essay by Doug Cummings from the original Masters of Cinema DVD release

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