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Eureka announce The Holy Mountain for June

Eureka have announced the UK DVD release of The Holy Mountain for 21st June 2004 with a retail price of £22.95. Fully restored and digitally remastered, Leni Riefenstahl's first film is presented as a double disc special edition release with the fascinating three hour documentary The Wonderful Life Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl.

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Starring the legendary Leni Riefenstahl and directed by the pioneer of the mountain film, Arnold Franck, Holy Mountain is a filmic event that cannot be missed.

A majestic tale set against a breathtaking Alpine backdrop, Holy Mountain follows the story of Diotina (Leni Riefenstahl), a beautiful and exotic dancer who travels to a small mountain village to find the man of her dreams. There she meets a climber (Louis Trenker) and a young skier (Ernst Petersen), both of whom are pursuing their own idyllic dreams. A triangle relationship soon develops, but the consequences are disastrous.

The highly effective use of cinematic effects, including filters, special film stock and slow motion, coupled with innovative direction and wonderful acting ensures Holy Mountain is one of the most impressive classic films.
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Accompanying Holy Mountain in this special edition double disc release is the remarkable documentary The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl. A spellbinding account of the woman best known as Hitler's moviemaker, and recently hailed by The New York Times as "one of the greatest filmmakers ever", this documentary follows Riefenstahl as she revisits the landmarks of her turbulent life at the feisty age of 91.

While Riefenstahl never actually joined the Nazi Party, as the creator of the single most effective propaganda film ever made, Triumph of Will, she had to spend much of her life trying to live down her association with the Third Reich. Her personal relationship with Hitler is still in question.

From her beginnings as a dare-devil actress in German 'mountain films' such as Holy Moutain to her direction of The Blue Light (1932) and Tiefland (1940's, released in 1954), from her infamous, brilliant documentaries Triumph of Will (1935) and Olympia (1938) to her anthropological photographs of the now extinct Nuba tribes of Africa, The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Reifenstahl is a riveting story that leaves the viewer in total aw of its controversial subject.

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