Sight and Sound - 08/01/2004
"[T]he spectacular use of the Alpine settings and cinematic conceits such as dissolves and slo-mo, make for a surprisingly modern feel."
The pioneer of the "mountain film", a movie that takes place in an Alpine setting, Arnold Fanck's THE HOLY MOUNTAIN stars Leni Riefenstahl as Diotima, a dancer who travels to a small mountain village to find the man of her dreams. She finds a climber and a skier who are there to pursue their own idyllic dreams while navigating the danger and beauty of the mountains. Wonderful and bizarre, THE HOLY MOUNTAIN elevates its drama to a near mythic status.