Leni Riefenstahl

Leni Riefenstahl

A Life

Book - 2007 | 1st American ed.
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Dancer, actress, mountaineer, and director Leni Riefenstahl's uncompromising will and audacious talent for self-promotion appeared unmatched--until 1932, when she introduced herself to her future protector and patron: Adolf Hitler. Known internationally for two of the films she made for him, Triumph of the Will and Olympia , Riefenstahl's demanding and obsessive style introduced unusual angles, new approaches to tracking shots, and highly symbolic montages. Despite her lifelong claim to be an apolitical artist, Riefenstahl's monumental and nationalistic vision of Germany's traditions and landscape served to idealize the cause of one of the world's most violent and racist regimes.

Riefenstahl ardently cast herself as a passionate young director who caved to the pressure to serve an all-powerful Führer, so focused on reinventing the cinema that she didn't recognize the goals of the Third Reich until too late. Jürgen Trimborn's revelatory biography celebrates this charismatic and adventurous woman who lived to 101, while also taking on the myths surrounding her. With refreshing distance and detailed research, Trimborn presents the story of a stubborn and intimidatingfilmmaker who refused to be held accountable for her role in the Holocaust but continued to inspire countless photographers and filmmakers with her artistry.
Publisher: New York : Faber and Faber, 2007.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780374184933
Branch Call Number: B RIEFENSTAHL, L.
Characteristics: xii, 351 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Aug 11, 2019

This well-researched biography, written by German art historian, Jurgen Trimborn, takes an in-depth look at the life and times of Leni Riefenstahl, who (as a Nazi collaborator) was best known for being "Hitler's" filmmaker.

If nothing else - This woman was quite a remarkable film director, as is clearly evident from her two most famous films, "Olympia" and "Triumph Of The Will", which are both widely regarded as being the greatest and most innovative documentaries ever made (but they are also viewed as an insidious glorification of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich, as well).

This compelling biography (that often boasts of relying on new sources) creates an impressive historical investigation for the inquisitive reader that untangles the dark past of a woman of exceptional gifts who was blindly and professionally corrupted by ruthless personal ambitions.

This book also includes 24 pages of b&w photos, as well.

May 30, 2013

This latest biography is written by a German born nearly 30 years after World War II. Trimborn examines the life of the famed director from the advantage of hindsight and with access to archives and records once held secret. His careful research refutes all of Riefenstahl's protestations that she was an apolitical artist who just happened to make films for the Hitler regime. It's a fascinating look at a woman who owed her fame and fortune to Adolf HItler while not marrying and producing children, wearing makeup and stylish clothes, and never joining the Nazi party.


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