Mountain of Destiny

Mountain of Destiny (German: Berg des Schicksals) is a 1924 German silent drama film written and directed by Arnold Fanck and starring Hannes Schneider, Frida Richard, Erna Morena, and Luis Trenker. The film is about an alpinist who falls to his death while climbing a dangerous peak. His son later succeeds where his father had failed. The film was released in the United Kingdom with the title The Mountaineers. After seeing Mountain of Destiny, Leni Riefenstahl, then a dancer, decided she wanted to start appearing in films.[1] She got in touch with Fanck and starred in his 1926 film The Holy Mountain.

Mountain of Destiny
German film poster
Directed byArnold Fanck
Produced byArnold Fanck
Written byArnold Fanck
Music byFlorian C. Reithner (2010)
Edited byArnold Fanck
  • Berg- und Sportfilm
  • Alpenfilm AG, Villars-sur-Glâne
Release date
  • 10 May 1924 (1924-05-10) (Germany)
Running time
87 minutes


After a mountaineer is killed attempting to climb a difficult mountain, his son dreams of conquering the peak that has defeated his father. But his mother makes him promise never to attempt it. Events eventually force her to release him from the promise, and he ascends the mountain successfully.



  1. Rother p. 22.
  • Rother, Rainer (2003). Leni Riefenstahl: The Seduction of Genius. London: Continuum. ISBN 978-0-8264-7023-2.
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