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Leni Riefenstahl (1902–2003)


Leni Riefenstahl's show-biz experience began with an experiment: she wanted to know what it felt like to dance on the stage. Success as a dancer gave way to film acting when she attracted the attention of film director Arnold Fanck, subsequently starring in some of his mountaineering pictures. With Fanck as her mentor, Riefenstahl began directing ... See full bio »

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 1954 Lowlands
Martha, eine spanische Betteltänzerin
 1933 S.O.S. Iceberg
Ellen Lawrence
 1933 S.O.S. Eisberg
Hella, seine Frau
 1931 White Ecstasy
Leni
 1929 White Hell of Pitz Palu
Maria Maioni
 1927 Der große Sprung
Gita
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Wrote "The People of Kau" (1997). See more »

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4 Biographical Movies | 6 Print Biographies | 2 Interviews | 10 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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[In a 1993 interview, commenting on her work with the Nazi party] "Being sorry isn't nearly enough, but I can't tear myself apart or destroy myself. It's so terrible. I've suffered anyway for over half a century and it will never end, until I die. It's such an incredible burden, that to say 'sorry'... it's inadequate, it expresses too little." See more »

Trivia:

Holds the record for the longest length of time in between projects. After Lowlands (1954), it was 48 years before she directed another film, the documentary Underwater Impressions (2003). She's also the oldest director to helm a documentary. She was 99 when she made the latter film. See more »

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