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  Leni Riefenstahl
Riefenstahl attempted to make other films after the war, but each attempt was met with resistance, protests, and sharp criticisms; and so she has been unable to secure funding for her films.
Apart from her controversial role in the Third Reich, Riefenstahl is renowned in film history for developing new aesthetics in her films, especially in relation to nude bodies, and while the propaganda in her films repels many people, their aesthetics are nonetheless outstanding and cited by many other filmmakers.
Riefenstahl had long insisted that the gypsies she used for the film survived the war, but a gypsy group claimed that she used them for the film and sent them back when she no longer needed them.
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 Leni Riefenstahl haunted by the past, Tampere Film Festival, Festival News 2001
Héléne Bertha Amelie Riefenstahl, shorter Leni Riefenstahl, was born in Berlin in 1902.
Riefenstahl was suspected to have been Hitler's lover and she was accused of having made skilful propaganda for the Nazis.
Riefenstahl started scuba diving when she was in her 70's and she had to lie about her age to be accepted to a diving course.
www.uta.fi /festnews/fn2001/en/thu/riefensten.htm   (1009 words)

  
 Leni Riefenstahl – Biography
She perceived that Leni had the ability to paint with a natural understanding of composition and balance, which were two of the profound qualities in the later films of Leni Riefenstahl.
Leni was furious at the lack of orginzation and at once her health began to fail under the pressure.
Leni passed out due to broken ribs, a collapsed lung, and a severe head injury that could have ultimately proved to be fatal while her passengers also had broken bones and blood running everywhere.
courses.washington.edu /ger371/riefenstahl/biography.html   (14832 words)

  
 Salon.com Arts & Entertainment | Happy birthday, Leni Riefenstahl
Riefenstahl was spirited and sharp, her white hair curling crazily, her eyebrows delicately penciled, her lips painted as red as the flag of the Third Reich.
Riefenstahl was quoted as saying that she had no knowledge that the extras were concentration camp prisoners from camps in Salzberg and Berlin, or that they were subsequently shipped to Auschwitz and other camps after shooting wrapped.
Riefenstahl wrote an adoring letter to Fanck, and nine months later she starred in his next film, which required the still-injured young woman to climb snowcapped mountains, endure sexist remarks from her male costars, be pelted with snow, and look beautiful through it all.
archive.salon.com /ent/movies/feature/2002/10/01/leni_riefenstahl   (1370 words)

  
 Leni Riefenstahl | Biography (1902 - 2003)
The controversial German film-maker Leni Riefenstahl, whose hypnotic depiction of Hitler's 1934 Nuremberg rally, Triumph of the Will, is renowned and reviled as the best propaganda film ever, died at the age of 101 in September 2003.
Riefenstahl, a confidante of both Hitler and Goebbels, had spent most of the past half century trying to shrug off her reputation as Hitler's favourite film-maker, and the Third Reich's most gifted and glamorous female propagandist.
Riefenstahl lied about her age in 1973 to be passed an official licence to go deep-diving in the Pacific Ocean.
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 Leni Riefenstahl - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Riefenstahl is renowned in film history for developing new aesthetics in film, especially in relation to nude bodies.
Riefenstahl went on to star in a number of Fanck's bergfilme, presenting herself as an athletic and adventurous young woman with suggestive appeal.
Riefenstahl heard Adolf Hitler speak at a rally in 1932 and was mesmerized by his powers as a public speaker.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Leni_Riefenstahl   (1849 words)

  
 OpinionJournal - Leisure & Arts
Riefenstahl demonstrated technical brilliance again in "Olympia" This, her 1938 film of the 1936 Berlin Olympic games, had moving cameras, montage sequences showing the grace and beauty of athletes, and a narrative structure that made it clear that Germany had won more medals in those games than any other nation.
Riefenstahl dominated the press of Nazi Germany: She was the foremost female celebrity, and, indeed, a remarkably powerful woman in a misogynistic society.
Leni Riefenstahl, with her strength, talent, complexities, and problems, will continue to fascinate in the years to come--probably for longer than her 101 years.
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 ::Leni Riefenstahl::
In a state where women played a secondary role to men, Riefenstahl was given a free hand by Hitler to produce propaganda films for the Nazi regime.
At the age of eight, Leni started dancing lessons and she was enrolled into the Berlin Russian Dance School where she quickly became a star pupil.
Riefenstahl pointed out that both "Triumph of the Will" and "Olympia" were made by her own independent film company and they were not mere Nazi stooges.
www.historylearningsite.co.uk /leni_riefenstahl.htm   (841 words)

  
 Leni Riefenstahl
Leni Riefenstahl (REEF-en-shtal), who remained active into her late 90s, was never able to shed the historical contamination that attached to her during the last half of her 101 years.
Riefenstahl's betrayal was doubly painful, since she had gone out of her way to have Jäger accompany her to America, against the protestations of Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels, who had earlier kicked Jäger (whose wife was Jewish) out of the Reich Literature Chamber.
A relieved Riefenstahl returned to her film library and editing suite in Kitzbühel in the Austrian Tyrol, where she had moved during the war to avoid Allied bombing in Germany and to continue her work on the long-delayed Tiefland, which she had begun in 1940.But she had not reckoned on the French.
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org /jsource/biography/lriefenstahl.html   (2452 words)

  
 Amazon.com: The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl: DVD: Marlene Dietrich,Walter Frentz,Josef Goebbels,Rudolf ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Leni Riefenstahl, for all her bad judgment and Nazi connections, was one of the most powerful creative forces in the history of cinema.
Riefenstahl was tried and exonerated by the Nuremberg commission, but has nevertheless been punished all her life, her right to film denied, her reputation tarnished.
Riefenstahl fell victim to the pursuit of careerism or an artistic-type of tunnel vision brought on by an unconscious self-absorption.
www.amazon.com /Wonderful-Horrible-Life-Leni-Riefenstahl/dp/B00000INUB   (2610 words)

  
 kamera.co.uk - feature item - Leni Riefenstahl: Documentary Film-Maker Or Propagandist? by Ellen Cheshire
Leni Riefenstahl was considered to be Adolf Hitler's favourite film director.
Since the end of the war, it has been slated as propaganda, causing Riefenstahl to be fllisted and ending her career as a film-maker.
Riefenstahl claimed that she was approached by an International Committee co-ordinating the Games.
www.kamera.co.uk /features/leniriefenstahl.html   (1639 words)

  
 Bright Lights Film Journal | The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl
This glittering, silent realm appears to be Riefenstahl’s final escape from her pariah status in social and artistic circles since her indictment as a Nazi sympathizer (and subsequent four years in prison) at the end of World War II.
Riefenstahl’s status as a filmmaker is unquestioned, even when her motives are obscured.
Riefenstahl’s art is by contrast almost too remote to cause such easy identification, and the fact that she was a woman working unquestionably as would a man of the time makes her achievement, in the eyes of many, practically blasphemous.
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 Berlin: The City as Body The City as Metaphor
Riefenstahl studied painting and ballet in Berlin, and, from 1923 to 1926, she appeared in dance programs throughout Europe.
Beginning her motion-picture career as an actress in "mountain films," a type of German film in which nature, especially the mountain landscape, plays an important role, she eventually became a director in the genre.
Riefenstahl's films were acclaimed for their rich musical scores, for the cinematic beauty of the scenes of dawn, mountains, and rural German life, and for brilliant editing.
www.stanford.edu /dept/german/berlin_class/people/riefenstahl.html   (230 words)

  
 Leni Riefenstahl: BIOGRAPHY
At the age of 71, Leni Riefenstahl fulfilled a dream to herself, she had cherished for long: She attended a diving course to be able to also work as an underwater photographer in the future.
In 1987, Leni Riefenstahl published her »Memoirs«; which meanwhile have come out in 13 countries and reached a high circulation mainly in Japan and in the USA.
Leni Riefenstahl had to be taken by a rescue plane to a German hospital where they found that she had suffered a number of rib fractures the points of which had hurt the lungs.
www.leni-riefenstahl.de /eng/bio.html   (943 words)

  
 Leni Riefenstahl dead at 101 - www.smh.com.au
Even as she turned 100 on August 22, 2002, she was strapping on scuba gear to photograph sharks in turquoise waters, although she had begun to complain that injuries sustained in accidents over the years had taken their toll and caused her constant pain.
Even as late as 2002, Riefenstahl was investigated for Holocaust denial after she said she did not know that Gypsies taken from concentration camps to be used as extras in one of her wartime films later died in the camps.
Born Helene Bertha Amalie Riefenstahl in Berlin on August 22, 1902, she was the first child of Alfred Riefenstahl, the owner of a heating and ventilation firm, and his wife, Bertha Scherlach.
www.smh.com.au /articles/2003/09/09/1062902056313.html   (445 words)

  
 BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Film-maker Leni Riefenstahl dies
Riefenstahl became a favourite of German dictator Adolf Hitler in the 1930s, making films for his fascist regime.
But only last year, Riefenstahl was investigated for Holocaust denial after she said she was unaware that Gypsies which had been taken from concentration camps to be used as extras in one of her wartime films had later died in the camps.
Riefenstahl began her career as an actress - Hitler was said to have been captivated by her appearance in the film The Blue Light.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/entertainment/3093154.stm   (376 words)

  
 The Classic German propaganda films by director Leni Riefenstahl   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Leni Riefenstahl was commissioned by the Nazis to film the 1936 Olympic Games 'as a song of praise to the ideals of National Socialism'.
With typical Nazi efficiency Riefenstahl employed more than 100 cameramen to shoot 1,500,000 feet of film and spent two years in the cutting room to produce what still remains one of the greatest propaganda pieces of all time.
Leni Riefenstahl's masterful filming of the sixth Nazi Party Congress held September 4-10, 1934 at Nuremberg.
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 German Directors - Leni Riefenstahl
In this remarkable, exhaustive, infuriating and unforgettable documentary, Leni Riefenstahl at age 91 - actress, filmmaker (Olympia, Triumph of the Will), propagandist, personal friend of Goebbels and Hitler, photographer, explorer, the woman best known as Hitler's moviemaker - addresses her past for the first time on camera.
Filmmaker Ray Mueller confronts Leni as she seeks to remold her image from that of a master propagandist and Nazi to that of a noble and heroic victim of history.
Riefenstahl's first film as director was shot on location and emphasizes the romantic mysticism of the mountains and the transmuting power of nature.
www.multilingualbooks.com /foreignvids-germ-riefenstahl.html   (1378 words)

  
 Leni Riefenstahl - Triumph des Willens (Triumph of the Will), 1935
This was Leni Riefenstahl's second — and only full-length — film for the National Socialist Party (NSDAP), and as an award-winning masterpiece of camerawork, direction and editing, it is widely agreed by virtually every film critic to be the greatest propaganda film of all time.
If Leni was at all vague about any remorse that she felt for the work she had done for the Nazi Party, perhaps she was more clear in Müller's 1993 film Die Macht der Bilder, when he bluntly asked her the question which so many had wanted to:
It includes transcripts of the American Army interrogation of Leni Riefenstahl in 1945, the complete Riefenstahl file from the Berlin Documents Center, documentation on other films she made, personal and official correspondence, a genealogy of Riefenstahl, and newspaper clippings.
www.riefenstahl.org /director/1935   (851 words)

  
 Galerie Leni - Tributes to Leni Riefenstahl
Leni Riefenstahl lived one of the most productive and truly remarkable lives of any artist of this century.
In all these stages in her life she excelled in a truly unique and incomparable way, and in each area left an indelible mark upon this world, continuing to lead a productive life until she passed away in 2003, at the age of 101.
A portrait of the young Leni during her dancing career, from an early portrait by Eugen Spiro.
www.psymon.com /art/leni   (372 words)

  
 Amazon.ca: Triumph Of The Will: DVD: Leni Riefenstahl,Walter Buch,Baldur von Schirach,Werner von Blomberg,Adolf ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Riefenstahl was hired by the Reich to create an eternal record of the 1934 rally at Nuremberg, and that's exactly what she does.
Though Leni Riefenstahl forever claimed that she was not a Nazi and was simply a director trying to make the best film possible, it's so easy to feel the adoration for Adolf Hitler that pours off the screen that her argument is hard to swallow.
Riefenstahl has almost inevitably become one of history's more intriguing figures based on her gender, her nationality, and her place in time.
www.amazon.ca /Triumph-Will-Leni-Riefenstahl/dp/B00004WLXZ   (1966 words)

  
 Leni Riefenstahl
Riefenstahl was a pariah after the war but regained respect with her photographs of the African Nuba tribe, Now 96, she remains under scrutiny for her past.
Riefenstahl was a dancer – with swooping, Isadora Duncan-like moves – when she saw one of Arnold Fanck's silent films set in the mountains.
At the end, documentary-maker Ray Mueller tells Riefenstahl he thinks the German public is still waiting for her to apologize, to admit guilt for her role in the Third Reich.
www.welcometosilentmovies.com /news/newsarchive/leni.htm   (1167 words)

  
 LENI Riefenstahl Centennial
AP about 500 mourners attended the funeral of Leni Riefenstahl the Friday after her death.
honored Riefenstahl and predicted that "now that she is dead, we can distinguish between the aesthetic Leni Riefenstahl and her political entanglements", that certainly would take more than just the event of her passing.
All accounts were that the Leni Riefenstahl 100th birthday celebration held in a luxury hotel in Feldafing, near her home at Lake Starnberg in the Bavarian province of Germany, was a great success.
www.dasblauelicht.net /leni_riefenstahl_centennial.htm   (733 words)

  
 Leni Riefenstahl >> German-Hollywood Connection
On February 29, 2000 the active 97-year-old Leni Riefenstahl was injured in a helicopter crash in the Sudan while filming her life story there.
Riefenstahl came away from the mishap with several broken ribs, while her cameraman was more seriously injured.
In 1936 Riefenstahl was put in charge of filming the Berlin Olympics, a project that was no minor undertaking.
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 Leni's Rising Star - A Celebration of the Cinematic Spirit of Leni Riefenstahl
This web site was created as both a celebration of the August 22nd, 2002, centennial of Leni Riefenstahl's birth, and as an on-going, long-term — if not eternal — celebration of her career as a screen actress and film director.
Through even the most cursory overview and examination of all of the Riefenstahl films, however, a more realistic understanding of where she was coming from — and what it was that she really aspired to — will be found.
By providing such a survey in both words and pictures, we can effectively and objectively allow her films to speak for themselves, and let it no longer be required of Leni that she forever have to justify whatever film(s) she might have made, but rather allow the films to justify — and validate — her.
www.riefenstahl.org /home.html   (537 words)

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