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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
 1930 Avalanche
Hella Armstrong
 1929 White Hell of Pitz Palu
Maria Maioni
 1927 Der große Sprung
Gita
 1926 Der heilige Berg
Diotima
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Wrote "The Vanishing Africa" (1982). 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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Personal Quote:

If I, as so many other colleagues, would have worked for the sake of money, I could have become a millionaire. But money was of no importance to me. I worked on a film for years until I thought it artistically perfected. I was my own boss, nobody could tell me what to do. Had I ever had the impression that my freedom as a creative artist would be limited, I would have gone abroad. 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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