The White Ecstasy (film)

The White Ecstasy

German theatrical release poster
Directed by Arnold Fanck
Produced by Harry R. Sokal
Written by Arnold Fanck
Music by Paul Dessau
  • Richard Angst
  • Hans Karl Gottschalk
  • Bruno Leubner
  • Kurt Neubert
Edited by Arnold Fanck
Sokal-Film GmbH
Distributed by Aafa-Film AG
Release dates
  • 17 December 1931 (1931-12-17) (Germany)
Running time
70 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

The White Ecstasy (German: Der weisse Rausch) is a 1931 German mountain film written and directed by Arnold Fanck and starring Hannes Schneider, Leni Riefenstahl, Guzzi Lantschner, and Walter Riml. The film is about the skiing exploits of a young village girl (played by Riefenstahl), and her attempts to master the sport of skiing and ski-jumping aided by the local ski expert (played by Schneider). Filmed on location in Sankt Anton am Arlberg, the film was one of the first to use and develop outdoor film-making techniques and featured several innovative action-skiing scenes.

Two Tyrolean skiing stars, Walter Riml and Guzzi Lantschner, have important parts in this movie. They play two Hamburger carpenters in their traditional outfits. They come to the Arlberg and try to learn how to ski with the aid of two different skiing books. A Weisse Rausch downhill race, based on the film, is held every April in St. Anton.[1]



  1. Ski (Jun-Jul 2004) Vol. 68, No. 8:32

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