Leni Riefenstahl – Germany’s convient Shadow

Fascinating article about a controversial but super talented woman. Leni Riefenstahl although a Nazi sympathizer was an innovator in film history.

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Whatever you can say about Leni Riefenstahl (1902-2003) and plenty of people have said (and written) a lot about her, she led a fascinating life.

  • She was beautiful and talented.
  • She was a woman in a man’s field.
  • She made her career during Hitler’s Third Reich.

Three strikes and you’re out.

Despite (I am almost convinced because of) her demonstrated talent she could not escape historical contamination attached to her during the last 5o years of her life. Leni Riefenstahl, dancer, mountaineer, actress, a trail blazing film director and cinematographer, an accomplished still photographer finally became a writer. This list makes almost speechless. By all accounts, she was not a particularly pleasant person, who manifested an extreme degree of ego, certainly grabbing and creating opportunities. Leni Riefenstahl solicited Hitler’s attention and had very sharp elbows in her professional life.

I want to approach her life from four directions:

  • Leni Riefenstahl…

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