Leni Riefenstahl

Leni Riefenstahl

A Life

Book - 2007 | 1st American ed
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Publisher: New York : Faber and Faber, 2007
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780374184933
0374184933
Branch Call Number: 791.43 R443T
Characteristics: xii, 351 p., [24] p. of plates : 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.

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TheresaAJ
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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