The Blue Light

16 January, 2018, 7:00pm

Directing herself in a ‘mountain’ film co-written by the leftist actor and film theorist Béla Balázs, Riefenstahl plays a shunned woman whose discovery of a mystical light in a cave near the summit of a nearby peak leads to her ultimate betrayal.

First in the series:

Women Filmmakers 1931-1969


In the first installment of this year-long series focussing on women filmmakers, we survey films by female directors, from the early ‘talkies’ to the wilder challenges of the late 1960s. Female directors have always been the exception to the rule in this male-dominated industry. However, from Leni Riefenstahl’s first self-directed film The Blue Light to the studio exploits of Dorothy Arzner to the visual and narrative inquiries of Shirley Clarke and Agnès Varda, this series will offer proof of continuity of women at the helm of ground breaking cinematic projects through the middle of the 20th Century.

Screenings Tuesdays at 7 PM in the MacAloney Room, 4th floor, Dalhousie Arts Centre. Free admission.