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It opens with soft, classical music as the sun breaks over the mountains.  The sheep are in the pasture and the shepherd is sleeping in his hut.  He is sleeping, but the wolf is awake, and goes after the flock.  The sheep dog is badly injured in his fight with the wolf, but his barking wakes the shepherd.  Using his sling, he hits the wolf in the head with a large rock but only manages to anger the wolf.  The wolf attacks the shepherd, there is a struggle and the shepherd strangles the wolf.  He tends to his flock and to his dog's injuries.

The sun is up, the snow melts into rivulets which become streams and eventually thundering waterfalls.  The music rises and falls to match the scenery.  This film has great scenery in it, and is a classic example of the melodramas of the 1920's and 1930's.

The shepherd comes to the nearby village and stops at the inn for his meal.  He is surrounded by many beautiful young women as they all enjoy a meal of roasted sheep.  In the village square, we first see the Spanish dancer Martha (Leni Riefenstahl) in her little wagon.  She is beautiful, sultry and tempting.

At the estate of the Marquis, the formal dinner is boring so he and a young lady go to the balcony for some fresh air and light flirtation.  They have an argument - something about his wife, and the woman leaves in a fit of anger.

The shepherd peers in a window of the cantina and is bedazzled by the beauty of Martha, who is dancing.  On his walk back to the pasture, her face dances in front of him - he sees her in the clouds.  He is really smitten.  Others find her beautiful as well, and the Marquis summons Martha to his estate to dance for him - but he has more on his mind than the flamenco!  The wine flows freely.  She dances suggestively.  He carries her up the stairs..........

The next morning, he showers her with gifts - fine clothes, beautiful jewelry - but again, he wants more in return.  Later in the afternoon, they are riding on his beautiful stallion, looking at his cattle herds.  This life is too much, and she flees to the mountains and collapses not far from the shepherd's hut.  His dog finds her and brings the shepherd, who carried her back to his hut and lays her on his cot.  The men the Marquis has sent to look for her arrive, and they take her, still unconscious, back to the estate.  She hates this life, but she stays.  A wedding is about to take place and Martha is sad.

The shepherd rescues her and they hide in the old mill during a fierce storm, but the Marquis finds them.  He draws his dirk.  The shepherd pulls his hunting knife.  They clash, they fight, they are out in the storm.  Who lives?  Who dies?  What is the fate of Martha?  It's all at the end of this film.

As we said, this is a classic melodrama of the type seen on the movie screens in the 1920's and 1930's.  LENI is beautiful, the scenery is breathtaking, and the cinematography is far ahead of its time.

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