The Dark Valley

Synopsis: Through a hidden path a lone rider reaches a little town high up in the Alps. Nobody knows where the stranger comes from, nor what he wants there. But everyone knows that they don't want him to stay.
Genre: Mystery, Western
Director(s): Andreas Prochaska
Production: American Cinematheque
  26 wins & 5 nominations.
115 min

We're looking for someone.

Some things may not be spoken of...

things from the past,

from long ago.

But this does not mean

you can ever forget them.

There are things

that can never be forgotten.

How the stranger found us was a mystery.

The idea of anyone

living so close to the skies

was a mere legend

in the villages down below.

And that was just fine with our people.

Who are you?


What do you want up here?


You'd better get lost.

Didn't you hear?

How long did you say you wanted to stay?

For the winter.

One bag won't be enough.

What do you want here, anyway?

When the stranger told them

what he wanted,

none of Brenner's sons said a word.

No one had expected anything like that.

Even Old Brenner was speechless at first.

Because what the stranger

had with him was a mirror.

A mirror with a memory.

That's what Old Brenner called it.

Then they brought the stranger to us.

- For the winter?

- We'll see.

Where's your daughter?

She's inside.

Call her down

so she can meet him.



Come and say hello to your guest.

This is Luzi.

And this is your lodger.

Greider's his name.

Take good care of him.

But not too good.

See you.

You can make it yourself.


It's okay.

- No, I'll do it.

- Please.

If you want to eat, come now.

So you make pictures?

With a box?

What do you want pictures of?

Of our valley?

I see.

- And you're really from America?

- Yes.

Are there really Indians there?


Have you ever seen one?



How come you speak German?

My mother taught me.

- How did she know our language?

- Luzi, enough.

Don't ask so many questions.

The men, who are they?

The sons...

of Old Brenner.

All six of them?

Brenner calls the shots up here.

But he also takes care of us.

Lukas, you fool. You scared me.

Lukas, we shouldn't.

Luzi, please.

Not until we're married.


I don't even want to think of it.

But I can't help it.

All the time.

I want to work.

Help out.

I won't let you.

- You're our guest.

- He could chop wood.

I mean, if he knows how to.

Not everyone can.

The pictures you take

What kind are they?

Can I see them?

Yes, of course.

- Where is this?

- Texas.

Is that you?

And your mother?

What about your father?

Do you have a picture of him?


He died long ago.

My father is dead, too.

The mountain took him. My brother, too.

During a storm.

You're not doing too bad there.

Pile them up round the side.

I'm going to the village.

Want to come along?

- Hello.

- Hello.

What do you need?

A bag of flour, a bag of oats,

lard, and some white twine.

- Hello.

- Hello.

And some sugar, too.

- How much?

- Two pounds.

And you? What do you need?


It'll take a moment.

And horseshoe nails.

We have a blacksmith...

if you need your horse shoed.

Aren't the women taking care of you?

Hans told you...

to take good care of your guest.

And what Hans wants...

he gets.


Everything's fine.

Did anyone ask you?

I'll have a schnapps.

And one for him, too.

I don't drink.

All he does is watch.

If I buy you a schnapps,

then you drink it.


Leave him alone.

Now look at that.

Now you're taking care of your guest.

Put it on my tab.

They're long here, the winters.

This is no place for you.

When the snow falls, it'll be too late.

You can still leave.

The next few days, he roamed the valley,

that Mr. Greider.

With his box.

But he never talked about

what happened at the inn.

If you're hungry, just let me know.


When is the wedding?

Soon. Before the Feast

of the Immaculate Conception.

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