Leni Riefenstahl

German film director, dancer and actress Leni Riefenstahl

Helene Bertha Amalie "Leni" Riefenstahl was a German film director, actress and dancer widely noted for her aesthetics and innovations as a filmmaker. Her most famous film was Triumph des Willens (Triumph of the Will), a propaganda film made at the 1934 Nuremberg congress of the Nazi Party.
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Pöcking

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How Führer Fav Filmmaker Inspired Depictions of Power - Wired News
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For a truly divisive filmmaker, you can't beat Führer favorite Leni Riefenstahl. A Garbo-eyed young actress and director who caught Hitler's eye in 1932, Riefenstahl was tapped to helm the Nazi Party's propaganda flicks
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'50 Documentaries To See Before You Die': Do you agree? - Entertainment Weekly (blog)
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That leaves no room for 1922′s groundbreaking Nanook of the North, Alain Resnais's brilliant Night and Fog from 1955, Leni Riefenstahl's controversial Triumph of the Will (1935), or Dziga Vertov's 1933 proto-study in cinematography, Man with a Movie
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A policy of engaging tyrants has its limits - San Antonio Express
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Filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl memorialized the games as a Nazi triumph. Three years later, Hitler invaded Poland. Forty million people would lose their lives in Europe before World War II came to an end. How do civilized nations deal with hideous regimes?
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Communist-Created Statue to Honor King - Right Side News
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Chinese human rights activist Harry Wu, who spent 19 years in a Chinese prison, protested the choice, while Ann Lau, chair of the Visual Artists Guild, said, “Lei's selection is as inappropriate as to have hired Leni Riefenstahl, the notorious Nazi
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Bam's Hollywood propaganda - New York Post
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Hollywood's attempt to sway the 2012 election by releasing a pro-Obama propaganda film is one heck of an October surprise (“Call Off the SEALs-Ploitation,” PostOpinion, Aug. 11). Director Kathryn Bigelow will be known as Obama's Leni Riefenstahl from
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Hitler Compares Himself to Kanye West In Crazy Rant - People's Cube (satire)
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At the Nuremberg congress, he stormed the stage and told a stunned Leni Riefenstahl that Beyonce should have won the award Riefenstahl had just been given for best female propaganda film. "Yo, Leni," he said. "I'm really happy for you
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The Multiple Personalities of the Multi-Talented Comedian Jen Tullock - BlackBook Magazine
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It is going to be interesting when I go back in the cerebral festival circuit with My upcoming projects, like my one woman cabaret based on the life of Leni Riefenstahl. People will ask, “How do we know you?” and I will say, “I just made a dirty hip
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Kevin Brownlow: a life in the movies - The Guardian
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He met and became friends with Abel Gance, director of Napoléon (1927); and also (despite his liberal views) with Leni Riefenstahl. Among the royalty of old Hollywood he met (and in many cases became friendly with) Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd,
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Bachmann Beats Palin at Christian Testimony - Religion Dispatches
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Palin left her testimony to filmmaker Bannon, who is a student of Michael Moore and Leni Riefenstahl films, to craft not a religious story in the purest sense, but a testimony to her accomplishments as governor of Alaska
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Best of the Blogs: Why Are Minivans the Hot Rides For Generation X? - Wall Street Journal (blog)
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... notion of the “Caribou Barbie” and replacing it with the image of a strong, smart-thinking individualist unafraid to take on the establishment. But how accurate is his film? And why does he say he's a student of Michael Moore and Leni Riefenstahl?
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Sarah Palin Doc Filmmaker Studied Nazi Propaganda Movies While Making "Undefeated" - Business Insider
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And to get his style down, Bannon studied the work of Nazi propaganda filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. People have said I'm like Leni Riefenstahl. I've studied documentarians extensively to come up with my own in-house style. I'ma student of Michael Moore's
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THE BOOTLEG FILES: OLYMPIA - Film Threat
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Leni Riefenstahl's “Olympia” has always been a source of controversy and confusion. The film represents a riot of emotions: it is artistic and pretentious, engaging and irritating, provocative and evasive, hypnotic and boring
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  • 2003
    Age 100
    Leni Riefenstahl died in her sleep at around 10:00 pm on 8 September 2003 at her home in Pöcking, Germany.
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    Riefenstahl celebrated her 101st birthday on 22 August 2003 at a hotel in Feldafing, on Lake Starnberg, Bavaria, near her home.
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  • 2002
    Age 99
    Riefenstahl had been suffering from cancer for some time, and her health rapidly deteriorated during the last weeks of her life. Kettner said in an interview in 2002, "Ms. Riefenstahl is in great pain and she has become very weak and is taking painkillers".
    On 22 August 2002, her 100th birthday, she released the film Impressionen unter Wasser ("Underwater Impressions"), an idealized documentary of life in the oceans and her first film in over 25 years.
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  • 2000
    Age 97
    Riefenstahl survived a helicopter crash in Sudan in 2000 while trying to learn the fates of her Nuba friends during the Second Sudanese Civil War and was airlifted to a Munich hospital.
  • 1978
    Age 75
    In 1978, Riefenstahl published a book of her sub-aquatic photographs called Korallengärten ("Coral Gardens"), followed by the 1990 book Wunder unter Wasser ("Wonder under Water").
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  • 1976
    Age 73
    She was guest of honour at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada.
  • 1975
    Age 72
    The Art Director's Club of Germany awarded Riefenstahl a gold medal for the best photographic achievement of 1975.
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  • 1974
    Age 71
    Riefenstahl's books with photographs of the Nuba tribes were published in 1974 and republished in 1976 as Die Nuba (translated as "The Last of the Nuba") and Die Nuba von Kau ("The Nuba People of Kau").
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1956
    Age 53
    She visited Kenya for the first time in 1956 and later Sudan, where she photographed Nuba tribes with whom she sporadically lived, learning about their culture so she could photograph them more easily.
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  • 1954
    Age 51
    She edited and dubbed the remaining material and Tiefland premiered on 11 February 1954 in Stuttgart.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1946
    Age 43
    Riefenstahl and Jacob divorced in 1946.
  • 1945
    Age 42
    As Germany's military situation became impossible by early 1945, Riefenstahl left Berlin and was hitchhiking with a group of men, trying to reach her mother, when she was taken into custody by American troops.
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  • 1944
    Age 41
    The last time Riefenstahl saw Hitler was when she married Peter Jacob on 21 March 1944.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1940
    Age 37
    From 23 September until 13 November 1940, she filmed in Krün near Mittenwald.
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    On 14 June 1940, the day Paris was declared an open city by the French and occupied by German troops, Riefenstahl wrote to Hitler in a telegram, "With indescribable joy, deeply moved and filled with burning gratitude, we share with you, my Führer, your and Germany's greatest victory, the entry of German troops into Paris.
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  • 1939
    Age 36
    Nevertheless, by 5 October 1939, Riefenstahl was back in occupied Poland filming Hitler's victory parade in Warsaw.
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    When Germany invaded Poland on 1 September 1939, Riefenstahl was photographed in Poland wearing a military uniform and a pistol on her belt in the company of German soldiers; she had gone to Poland as a war correspondent.
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  • 1938
    Age 35
    She arrived in New York City on 4 November 1938, five days before Kristallnacht (the "Night of the Broken Glass").
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    Olympia premiered for Hitler's 49th birthday in 1938.
  • 1937
    Age 34
    In February 1937, Riefenstahl enthusiastically told a reporter for the Detroit News, "To me, Hitler is the greatest man who ever lived.
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  • 1936
    Age 33
    Hitler invited Riefenstahl to film the 1936 Summer Olympics scheduled to be held in Berlin, a film which Riefenstahl claimed had been commissioned by the International Olympic Committee.
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  • 1935
    Age 32
    Despite allegedly vowing not to make any more films about the Nazi Party, Riefenstahl made the 28-minute Tag der Freiheit: Unsere Wehrmacht ("Day of Freedom: Our Armed Forces") about the German Army in 1935.
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  • 1934
    Age 31
    Impressed with Riefenstahl's work, Hitler asked her to film Triumph des Willens ("Triumph of the Will"), a new propaganda film about the 1934 party rally in Nuremberg.
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  • 1933
    Age 30
    After meeting Hitler, Riefenstahl was offered the opportunity to direct Der Sieg des Glaubens ("The Victory of Faith"), an hour-long propaganda film about the fifth Nuremberg Rally in 1933.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1932
    Age 29
    Riefenstahl heard Nazi Party (NSDAP) leader Adolf Hitler speak at a rally in 1932 and was mesmerized by his talent as a public speaker.
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    Riefenstahl produced and directed her own work called Das Blaue Licht ("The Blue Light") in 1932, co-written by Carl Mayer and Béla Balázs.
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  • 1929
    Age 26
    One of Fanck's films that brought Riefenstahl into the limelight was Die Weisse Hölle vom Piz Palü ("The White Hell of Piz Palü") of 1929, co-directed by G. W. Pabst.
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  • 1926
    Age 23
    Riefenstahl later received a package from Fanck containing the script of the 1926 film Der Heilige Berg ("The Holy Mountain").
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  • 1924
    Age 21
    It was while going to a doctor's appointment that she first saw a poster for the 1924 film Der Berg des Schicksals ("The Mountain of Destiny").
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1918
    Age 15
    In 1918, when she was 16, Riefenstahl attended a presentation of Snow White which interested her deeply; it led her to want to be a dancer.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1902
    Born
    Helene Bertha Amalie Riefenstahl was born in Germany on 22 August 1902.
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