Graduation Year

Spring 2013

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


German Studies

Reader 1

Paul Buchholz

Reader 2

Marc Katz

Reader 3

Wendy Lower

Rights Information

© 2013 Sara Dunleavy Berge


Moments before the Weimar Republic succumbed National Socialism, and their paths sharply diverged as a result, Leni Riefenstahl and Béla Balázs collaborated to make Das Blaue Licht. Within a year of their collaboration Riefenstahl was working closely with Hitler on plans for Triumph of the Will, and Balázs, a Hungarian Jew, had fled to Moscow without credit or payment for Das Blaue Licht, which he co-wrote and co-directed. This thesis explores multiple readings of Das Blaue Licht, as a modern text, a fascist text, and ultimately, one that exists in a complex gray zone.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.